Peak performance raises £5,000
Brad Tomes and designer Scott McBride from Colourful Coffins joined Pauline Birdsall from Key Air and Chris Sullivan from Bodygoals in aiming for all six peaks, while Brad’s father Bob settled for just the one – still pretty challenging – trio, along with Gary Staker from Gary Staker Funeral Services, Daren Persson and Peter Townsend from Daren Persson Funeral Services, Helen Wathall, from G Wathall & Sons, and Colin Horn and Anita Aghar from Grosvenor Interiors.
Arran Brudenell from Anstey & District Funeral Services and Jeff Walker from NIG Insurance provided the essential support and chauffeuring services.
Even once round the Three Peaks Challenge involves scaling each of the highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland – Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis, exercise that means around 25 miles of walking and 500 miles of driving, all usually within 24 hours.
“Given that several of us attempted the Three Peak Challenge for charity last year, it was decided this year that we wanted to push ourselves a little further, while still retaining a walking challenge,” said Bob.
“Doubling up was certainly that, and we weren’t helped by the unseasonal June weather – the ice, snow and plenty of driving rain meant it was very cold and very wet for much of the walking.”
After an early evening start to the first challenge, both sets completed Snowdon in good time. The support teams drove them through the night ready for a ridiculously early 2.30am start to the Scafell Pike climb. This was necessary so they could be back down to the bottom for 7am.
From there, it was on to Scotland and Ben Nevis where, despite the snow and ice hampering their efforts, both teams made it up and back down again by 6pm.
However the delays, combined with the need to take time out to rest, meant that the six peaks had to be toned down to a four-peak test. They all set off early the following morning for Brad, Scott, Pauline and Chris to complete Snowdon a second time.
“It was extremely tough but we were delighted to have done so well in the face of truly appalling weather and to have raised so much money for these really deserving charities. Now we just have to worry about what comes next year,” said Bob.
Pictured above: Bob, Brad and Scott
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