THERE were aching limbs after a team of The Star journalists completed the mammoth Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge - in aid of the appeal to raise for £5 million to rebuild St Luke’s Hospice.
The Star team - reporters Claire Lewis, Polly Rippon, Ellen Beardmore and Richard Marsden, production journalist Julia Armstrong and artist Simon Waller - were joined by Mark Laycock, from Treeton, and a friend of Claire’s, as they tackled the route on Saturday.
The team has already raised about £1,500 towards the £100,000 The Star has pledged to raise as part of the St Luke’s appeal.
The money has come from through the group’s Just Giving website, plus other donations - Johnston Press, owner of The Star, has provided £250.
Sponsorship has come from friends and relatives, Star readers and contacts including local barristers and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, who has donated £50.
After completing the challenge and relaxing in Ingelton, where the group was staying, a stag party from Rotherham who were in the pub even stumped up a fiver.
Political reporter Richard, who organised the trek, said: “At the start of last week, we had just £100 in sponsorship and the total has grown phenomenally. It goes to show how much people back what is a very worthy cause.”
The Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge involves a 24.5-mile route covering the three highest hills in the Yorkshire Dales - Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.
When The Star’s team completed the trek on Saturday, the weather was windy with heavy rain until mid afternoon when skies cleared and there were stunning views across the Dales and out towards the Lake District and Irish Sea.
Donations can still be made to The Star team’s Just Giving page over the next few days.
■ Log onto www.justgiving.com/startrek1 to donate.