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Life changing challenge

The Three Peaks challenge… how difficult can that be? It’s just walking, right? Wrong!

Ten friends and I signed up to the National Three Peaks Challenge through an amazing company called Life Changing Challenges with the aim of climbing and descending Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon, three of the highest mountains in the UK, under 24 hours.

After getting delayed for six hours in traffic due to a fatal crash just ahead on the A82 in Scotland our timings went out of the window, but our spirits were still high.

We arrived at Ben Nevis at 4pm and started the climb. There was still snow at the top of the mountain despite it being ‘summer’. It took six hours to climb and descend with winds of around 30-40mph at the peak.

After a quick cuppa we jumped back in the mini bus and made our way to Scafell Pike.

Originally we were suppose to be climbing in the dark and watching the sun come up on the mountain. However, by 5.30am when we arrived it was already light.

It took four hours to make our way up and down the rocky paths in the typical Lake District weather – lots of rain – before descending and jumping back in the bus heading towards our final peak.

Arriving at Snowdon at 4pm we were all feeling the strain. When the wind was howling, the rain was lashing down and every muscle ached all I kept thinking about was the cause I was raising money for – Pendleside Hospice.

We set off on the miners trail, but another group of walkers had turned back due to dangerously high winds on the ridge. We headed further up the mountain, but, on advice from the experienced guides, it was too risky to continue.

So, with a heavy heart we had to turn back. We completed two and a half peaks, but the group have vowed to go back and conquer Snowdon another day.

I have raised just over £400 for Pendleside Hospice, which will go to the charity via the Gail Simpson Appeal.

After signing up to the event, the wife of a colleague of mine at the Lancashire Telegraph sadly died.

In her final days she received lots of care and support from Pendleside. So did her family.

Her husband, Alan Simpson, pledged to raise £10,000 for the hospice in memory of his wife Gail and I asked if I could help and raise some money towards the Gail Simpson appeal target.

Since then, I have joined the +24 Marketing team in Burnley who are also supporters of the local charity.

I had organised the event, paid my own travel and accommodation so all money will go to the charity.

I want to thank everyone for supporting me in this challenge. It was tough and I’m walking like my legs are made out of planks of wood, but it was worth it.

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