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He marched them up to the top of the hill

Then he marched them down again.

The title and first line of today’s blog, is of course referring to the Grand Old Duke of York and the well-known nursery rhyme many of us will have sung as children.

The origins of the song are a little unclear as is the Duke in question. Theories range from Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany (1763–1827) to Napoleon and many more besides.

You will be forgiven for wondering dear reader, why, interesting as all this is, our blog is talking about the Grand Old Duke. Whoever he was.

The reason is that you can hear people humming the nursery rhyme around the building. In the design studio, the PR department, even the digi-boys are joining in. And the reason they are humming this little ditty is because various members of those teams and a few more besides have signed up for the Three Peaks Challenge – a race to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon inside 24 hours.

Now none of us claims to be Grand. Certainly none of us is a Duke. And as far as I’m aware no one is from York. But we are going to be doing a serious amount of marching in the coming weeks as we prepare to cover around 25 miles on foot and climb over 10,000 feet in aid of CLIC Sargent – a national charity supporting children with cancer.

The training has begun with various people coming in on Monday morning with tales of mountains scaled and fells dealt with over the previous weekend. Some people are even walking to the bus stop instead of getting a lift. Now there’s dedication.

In all seriousness, it’s a serious challenge. And we’re trying raise a serious amount of money too. £5000 in fact.

So anything you can do to help us would be much appreciated. We’ve set up a just giving page http://www.justgiving.com/hroc3peaks if you feel like being generous.

More details to follow in the coming weeks.