Former colleagues complete Set of Six in aid of Rob Burrow

Four former colleagues of Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow have battled through the elements and darkness to complete an impressive fundraising effort to support the former Great Britain star.

Former players Luke Ambler, Keith Senior and Barrie McDermott were joined by the Rhinos former physio Andy Barker along with Rob’s brother in law to climb the Yorkshire Three Peaks not just once but twice in 24 hours, a distance of over 50 miles and involving over a kilometre of accent.

The group set a target of £5,000 and reached their goal as they set off for their final summit in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks includes, Pen-y-GhentWhernside and Ingleborough. The route can be started from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Ribblehead or Chapel le Dale, and is a circular route finishing at the same point.

The team set off on Monday morning at 10am as the storm clouds gathered.

The first climb saw them reach the top of Pen-y-Ghent

Next up was Whernside

Heavy rain over the last 72 hours, made the track up Ingleborough particularly tough as the rain and temperatures fell towards the end of the first circuit.

After a change of clothes and some much needed food and drink the guys set off on their second lap of the Three Peaks complete with head lamps in the dark and wet, setting off at 10.45pm to begin the fourth climb of the day.

In the middle of the night, the group arrived at Whernside for the fifth summit and penultimate goal of the challenge.

As dawn arrived the sixth and final summit was reached just as the team heard news that they have reached their initial fundraising target too.

Luke Ambler summed up everyone’s feelings as he headed for a well earned rest and the team arrived back to their base.

You can still sponsor the guys by visiting www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/setof6forrobburrow