Dad completes Three Peaks double challenge

Ian Clarkson completes the double Three Peaks challenge.

A Leyburn dad has successfully completed a challenge to walk up the Yorkshire Three Peaks twice in one go to raise money for the charities which helped when his baby daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge usually sees walkers aiming to complete the route within 12 hours.

But next week Ian Clarkson completed two laps of the peaks, totaling 49 miles, in just 14 hours and 33 minutes.

He started the challenge at 4.30am on Wednesday in heavy rain following a thunderstorm.

Ian said: “Thankfully it went as exactly as planned.

“The first lap took 6 hours 22 mins. I then had a 15 minute break and completed the second lap in 7 hours 56 minutes.

“In total it took 14 hours 33 minutes and I finished at 7.03 pm in glorious sunshine.

“I’m really grateful to all family and friends that did bits of the challenge and helped support me.”

Ian took on this epic challenge to raise money for two charities close to his heart, CLIC Sargent and children’s cancer charity Candlelighters.

In 2018, after months of visits to the doctors, Ian and wife Tanya’s daughter Emily was diagnosed with infant acute lymphoblastic leukaemia aged just nine months.

Since then she has been undergoing treatment at the Leeds Children’s Hospital.

Thankfully, Emily has been responding extremely well to treatment and is making good progress.

So far he has raised around £4,000 with further fundraising planned.

There will be a bag pack and tombola at Tesco on Wednesday. Anyone with tombola prizes should contact Tanya here.

Donations can be made here.