30 Jul 2020 Community
Kirkwood supporter runs the Yorkshire Three Peaks twice
After the Pennine Barrier Ultra 50 challenge was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Steve Hewitt took on his own challenge of running the Yorkshire Three Peaks twice in memory of his dad.
Steve Hewitt, of Newsome, signed up to take on the challenge of running the Pennine Barrier Ultra 50-mile marathon through the Yorkshire Dales to raise vital funds for Kirkwood in memory of his dad, Barry Hewitt.
Steve began his training on Wednesday 1st January 2020 in anticipation of the event, which was due to take place on Saturday 20th July, and by the end of March, he was averaging a whopping 120 miles a week.
The Pennine Barrier Ultra covers some of the greatest trails through the Yorkshire Dales National park, including the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks.
Organisers of the Pennine Barrier Ultra sadly made the decision to postpone the 2020 challenge until next year due to the ongoing coronavirus.
Despite the cancellation and in a bid to make sure his vigorous training didn’t go to waste, Steve instantly decided to take on his own challenge of running the Yorkshire Three Peaks trail twice!
With the help of his trainer, David Burnell, who organised his training plan and accompanied him on the day, Steve completed his ultimate challenge on Saturday 18th July, running 51.43 miles in a whopping 14 hours and 10 minutes.
The challenge was a huge success for Steve as he smashed his fundraising target and raised an amazing £1,067 for Kirkwood.
When asked about the challenge, Steve said: “I was so disappointed when the original race was cancelled but I didn’t want the pandemic to stop me raising money for Kirkwood.
“The challenge was incredibly hard and I almost gave up with 7.5 miles to go. The saying ‘no pain no gain’ is definitely true! I’m so happy that I reached the end and thank you to everyone who sponsored me.”
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