Walk of Life

OMS News readers who compete at British Hillclimb Championship or BARC Yorkshire Centre Harewood Hillclimb meetings, will probably be aware that Tim and his son Samuel Wilson were participating in a Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

MSA British Hillclimb Championship Co-ordinator Tim Wilson works for the John Cotton Group, and this year the company celebrates 100 years since it was established in 1916. One of their many events during the year to celebrate this centenary is the Three Peaks Challenge. Money raised through sponsorship will be donated to chosen local charities and those charities that employees have a connection with, through family and friends who have needed help at difficult times in their life. A group of around 40 staff have taken on the challenge, and they all assembled for the 7.00am start on Saturday 6th August.

The 24.5 mile challenge route starts at Horton in Ribblesdale, taking the path up Pen-y-Ghent, then climbs Whernside and finally up Ingleborough, before descending back to Horton. The challenge is to not only complete the distance, but to do so in less than 12 hours. To do this you need to be a strong walker, it is not an easy walk; there are three hills to climb each rising above 2000 feet.

Sam's Facebook page has shown photos from the practice walks they have made, some of which included Tim's wife Jackie and OMS Racings' Lynn Owen; who are climbing each peak individually in their own personal challenge.

Sam, Jackie, Tim and Lynn at the Whernside Trig Point

Whilst Sam and Tim were walking, Jackie met them at pre-arranged points on the route; supplying drinks and snacks to keep them going. It was an extremely hot day, so a good supply of fluids was a necessity.

Sam and Tim Ingleborough Summit

The photograph above shows them on the final summit before the descent back to Horton. Tim finished the walk in 11 hours and Samuel in 10 hours 50 minutes. Congratulations to everyone who completed the walk on Saturday and in particular to Samuel who raised in the region of £500 for the nominated charities, from the hillclimb community who sponsored him.

Sam in his 'Sponsor Me' t-shirt

Tim Wilson rounded off his weekend with a drive in the Harry Pick OMS 2000M at Harewood on the Sunday. Despite having had a 5 year break from competition driving, since he and Jackie took over the running of the British Hillclimb Championship, Tim quickly got to grips with the 1000cc single seater.

So much so, that he won the class from second placed Steve Owen (OMS 28 BMW) with Harry Pick, his co-driver in third place.

A perfect ending to an exceptional weekend; congratulations Tim.

In car footage showing one of Tim's runs can be found here.

Results from the Harewood event can be accessed here.

Date: 8/08/2016 | Author: L.Owen