The annual 10in10 challenge was launched by Yvonne Booth in 2011 and, for the last three years, Social Hikers from around the country have come together to form a team and raise money for a cause close to their hearts, research into Multiple Sclerosis. The challenge was created as a response to Yvonne’s husband Duncan being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a condition that Phil, the creator of Social Hiking, also lives with. MS is a debilitating neurological disease, for which currently there is no cure.
On the 24th June 2016 the team reformed with both new members and old, ready to face the challenge the next day. Tents were pitched, camper vans were parked, and the cake tins were cracked open for an evening of gossip and preparation. There are two challenges that the Social Hiking team decided to participate in this year, the full 10in10 and the shorter 5in5.
Team Social Hiking – 10in10 Team (less Jilly)
The 10in10 challenges hikers to conquer ten peaks in the Lake District over a period of ten hours, while the 5in5 team climbed five peaks in five hours. The 10in10 team, consisting of four hardened hikers keen to complete the challenge within the time period, set off from the campsite at a surprisingly early time in order to squeeze in all 10 peaks, while our 5in5 team were able to have a slightly more relaxed morning due to a later starting time.
Team Social Hiking ‘5in5 Team’ (photo credit – Matt @hillplodder)
When our 5in5 team set off, we found ourselves immediately faced with arguably the hardest climb of the day, from Buttermere to High Snockrigg. The 5in5 team was larger, with nine Social Hikers, and so we found ourselves naturally forming sub groups which reformed at the top of each peak. The key driving force behind us was the concern that the 10in10 Social Hikers, who were somewhere behind us, might catch up and find the finishing line (aka Pub) before us.
A keener group of 5in5 hikers split off after Robinson, our second peak, to bag a couple of ‘bonus’ hills leaving a group of three to complete the 5 peaks quickly in order to rehydrate and cheer the teams as they completed their various challenges. The whole team did amazingly well, everyone finished their challenges raising over £2,300 for the MS Society at the same time.
Some of Team Social Hiking celebrating in the pub afterwards (photo credit – Simon from MS Society)
The event was run brilliantly, and we have the organisers and marshalls to thank for such a wonderful weekend in the Lake District. If the idea of raising money while enjoying the beauty of the Lake District appeals to you there are many ways of completing the challenge. The Everyday 10in10 has been introduced which allows you and your team to complete one of the routes at your own convenience, as part of a holiday or a group challenge. You get rewarded for your fundraising and hard work with a 10in10 buff. Details of the Everyday 10in10 challenge are available on the 10in10 website.