WE CAME, we saw, we didn’t conquer.

Having read the article in The Citizen’s sister paper, The Westmorland Gazette, a colleague and I decided to take the plunge and try The Three Peaks Challenge at The Masons Arms, Ingleton.

Now let me point out that this is a little less healthy than its namesake – where competitors have to take in the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in less than 12 hours.

It actually involves trying to demolish three mountains of mash, 30 – yes that’s right, 30 – sausages, and an unlimited amount of gravy, within 50 minutes.

We were so sure that we would achieve it, or at least beat the 11 sausages which a journalist on a national newspaper managed when he called in.

But we were so very mistaken.

I only managed seven and a half sausages and one and a half mountains of mash, whereas my colleague finished off six sausages and two shovels of mash. Pathetic I know!

Let me tell you that despite our humiliating results, this was a really fun night out, helped by the friendly atmosphere and the welcoming staff plus a bunch of locals who kept checking in to see how we were doing.

The pub is also home of the Black Rock Grill, where meals are presented to you cooking on volcanic rocks – which reach more than 400 degrees – at your table.

So even if the sausage and mash challenge isn’t for you – it wasn’t for me, despite my best efforts – you’ll enjoy it at The Masons Arms.

The challenge costs £30 for 30 sauasges, three mountains of mash and unlimited gravy.