Dad prepares for Three Peaks double challenge

Ian Clarkson will attempt the Three Peaks twice in one go.

A Leyburn dad is making his final preparations 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 is hoping to complete two laps of the peaks, totaling 49 miles, in less than 16 hours.

Ian is taking 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.

Ian will be taking on this challenge on Wednesday, July 24 as this will mark exactly one year since Emily’s diagnosis.

He has been training hard for the challenge including regular runs from their home in Harmby to Penhill and back four times in one go.

He said: “I’m ready and really looking forward to it.

“The forecast is potentially hot which is a worry but I’;m sure I will be fine.

“The fundraising support has been amazing and we are very grateful for everyone who has helped.”

If you would like to support Ian’s challenge you can visit his fundraising page here.

If you would like more information on how to donate blood, platelets and bone marrow, visit www.nhsbt.nhs.net.

Ian and Tanya Clarkson with Emily and son Oliver.