Four Sheppee staff raised £1700 for charity after completing a 40-mile walk across the North Yorkshire Moors in less than 24 hours.

The members of the UK hot ware handling supplier raised the money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance after completing the Lyke Wake Walk on June 4th.

The route crosses the moors and commemorates the practice – long since abandoned – of carrying the bodies of the dead from various parts of the moor to their final resting places.

The group – who were joined by Simon Holmes of Groupe Rondot GB for the first section of the walk - set off at 4.15am in a drizzly mist that never lifted. It meant they were unable to experience the expected spectacular views.

The route crossed open windy moorland, wet peat bogs and through woodland areas that dripped with rain. The group climbed the equivalent of 537 floors.

Support cars met them at various spots to change socks, replenish snacks and with the obligatory flask of tea.

After drifting a couple of times in the boggy sections and managed to miss a path causing the group to walk a couple of extra miles, the tired team made it to the finish point at 11:55pm completing the challenge in 19 hours 40 minutes. The walk has to be completed in less than 24 hours.

The last two hours were done in the dark, walking by torchlight through a ravine on blistered feet and bad knees. It was so dark the mast at the finish point couldn’t be seen.

Picture 1 (main image): At the start of the walk. l/r Simon Holmes, Karen Ulliott, Jane Newby, Keith Johnson, Colin Rice

Picture 2 (bottom): On the Cleveland Way. l/r Colin Rice, Karen Ulliott, Keith Johnson, Jane Newby and Simon Holmes