Charity the winner at Sheringham’s Three Peaks Challenge

Sheringham WI prepare to set off on the Three Peaks Challenge with Beeston Hill at the background. P

Sheringham WI prepare to set off on the Three Peaks Challenge with Beeston Hill at the background. Pictures: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: Archant

A cake relay was one of the highlights at the fundraiser.

Sheringham Carnival volunteers clock in competitors at the start and finish at Beeston Common.

Sheringham Carnival volunteers clock in competitors at the start and finish at Beeston Common. - Credit: Archant

Ladies from the Women's Institute rose to the occasion at a new fundraising challenge in Sheringham.

Members of the town's WI completed the Three Peaks (Norfolk) Challenge on Saturday, dressed as Bake Off star Mary Berry, carrying a Sheringham WI cake.

They also handed out other sweet treats along the five mile route which included three of the north Norfolk coast's highest peaks - Beeston Bump, Incleborough Hill and Stone Hill.

A total of 94 runners and walkers took part in the second Three Peaks Challenge and raised a total of £2,058.16 in sponsorship money.

Sheringham Carnival chairman Stuart Mcclean tucks in to one of the WI's cakes atop Beeston Hill.

Sheringham Carnival chairman Stuart Mcclean tucks in to one of the WI's cakes atop Beeston Hill. - Credit: Archant


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Sheringham WI president Liz Withington said: 'We did it as a cake relay to raise funds for WI for projects for next year, and try to inspire women to go out and do something adventurous - and we had cake to give out to everyone on the way.'

The Three Peaks (Norfolk) Challenge was first introduced last year as a late Sheringham Carnival event by Beckie Popham, of Beeston Regis, a carnival volunteer, with help from the Sheringham and West Runton Phoenix Explorer Scouts, run by her partner, Edward Farrow.

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Ms Popham, 24, tackled the UK Three Peaks Challenge two years ago on behalf of the charity Break, and thought it would be fun to recreate the concept on home territory, with those taking part collecting sponsorship for their own good causes.

Whereas the UK top peaks are in Scotland, Wales and England and contestants have 24 hours to complete the challenge, Ms Popham's chosen hills are all within five miles of each other and walkers and runners could complete the course in their own time.

The five mile route which included three of the north Norfolk coast’s highest peaks - Beeston Bump,

The five mile route which included three of the north Norfolk coast’s highest peaks - Beeston Bump, Incleborough Hill and Stone Hill. - Credit: Archant

Roger Golding was the fastest runner home, completing the course - which started and finished at Beeston Common - in 40 minutes, while the fastest junior was Charlotte Clover.

David Bickford won a £25 prize for most sponsorship raised then added that to his £276.55 total for the charity Life With Multiple Sclerosis.

And Sheringham WI won the prize for best fancy dress.

Ms Popham's mum, Paula, who helped coordinate this year's event, said: 'It started last year and was very popular and everyone was saying: Can we do it again? So we are.

The event raised more than £2000 for various good causes.

The event raised more than £2000 for various good causes. - Credit: Archant

'This is a fundraising event, the carnival's purpose is to fundraise and give to charity. This is an event where people get sponsorship for a charity or local organisation, they do all the hard work to get the money in and we put the event on so they can carry it out.

'The weather was just right and everyone appeared to have had a good time.'

She added: 'Many thanks to Blyth & Wright for sponsoring the prize money and thanks to Beckie and Ed from Hi-Bar, Mobile Bar for organising it.'

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