Richmond siblings to take on Three Peaks for third time for charity

Melissa and Jack Taylor.

Siblings Melissa and Jack Taylor will take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks for the third time tomorrow in support of Cancer Research.

Melissa, 14, and 12-year-old Jack, both students at Richmond School, are no strangers to the daunting hill climbs, having first scaled the heights in 2015, when they were aged just eight and six.

The students are determined to beat their already impressive personal best time of 9 hours 36 minutes and are aiming to finish in under 9 hours.

The route takes in Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Inglebrough, covering 24 miles and a total climb of 1,585m.

Melissa said: “This marks our third Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and as well as aiming to improve our time, we are also raising vital funds for Cancer Research, in memory of our grandma.

“We have been doing a lot of training with our parents, including the full Swaledale Marathon, which is an equally gruelling route. We love the Yorkshire Three Peaks as the scenery is so spectacular.”

Jack added: “We really enjoy hill walking and over the last seven years I have walked to the summits of Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike.

“I am looking forward to doing the Three Peaks again with Melissa, my parents and our dogs, Bruno and Lewis, as it is such a rewarding experience.”

Headteacher Jenna Potter said: “I am in awe of Melissa and Jack and their determination to take on this challenge, which is undoubtedly the most formidable challenge walk in the Yorkshire Dales.

“They are great role models for our students and demonstrate a fantastic approach to fitness and wellbeing, as well as the enormous benefits of connecting with nature and the great outdoors.

“I am sure they will inspire many others to consider a challenge and also to support a charitable cause.”

Melissa and Jack will be doing the challenge on the June 2 and you can support them by donating to their Cancer Research fundraising page at https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/melissas-giving-page-2060