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Four PhD Students Complete their 100km Trek Through the Yorkshire Dales as Part of Oxfam Trailtrekker

On Saturday 1st June 4 PhD Students from the Energy building began their 100km trek through the Yorkshire Dales as part of the Oxfam Trailtrekker event. Along with around 1500 others the Leeds University PowerHikingDudes (PhDs) were blessed with glorious sunshine and fantastic encouragement from their support crew and even a few friends who ventured out to the Dales. The route started in Skipton and took in Malham Cove, Fountains Fell and Pen-y-Ghent involving more climbing than Ben Nevis and Snowden combined! Despite discovering some impressive blisters and other ailments along the way the PhDs were one of only 86 teams (of 270 that started) to finish the Gold course together as a 4. Having walked through the night and been on their feet for nearly 30 hours the PhDs eventually crossed the finish line in Skipton at 2pm on the Sunday. Support from university colleagues has been fantastic and to date the PhDs have raised over £2100 for Oxfam’s work with those affected by climate change. If you are inspired by this challenge you can still donate at and if you want to read a more in-depth ‘match report’ please catch up on the blog at

The Leeds PhDs are: Sandy Black and János Szuhánszki from ETII and Ray Edmunds and Sam Pickard from the Low Carbon Tech DTC.