Words and picture by Carl Royle
SIX DEDICATED friends took on a 24-hour mission to complete the daunting ‘Three Peaks Challenge’ and raise more than £3,200 for charity.
Mick Buckley of Greenfield, Dan Tupman of Grasscroft, Rob Leslie of Lydgate, Craig Fallon of Oldham, Julie Frankell of Greenfield and Dave Hulme of Springhead put themselves through their paces for charity MIND.
Supported by driver John Beddow and partner Patricia, the team started at Fort William, Ben Nevis, on Saturday 18 July at 6am.
They endured torrential rain, sleet and gale force winds but completed the section in just under five hours.
They were then on the road for the second leg at Scafell Pike in the Lake District, starting at 5pm and finishing in three hours fifteen minutes despite cold and windy conditions.
It was the only part of the challenge they stayed dry on and during the trip, Patricia dried clothing out on heating vents on the mini bus, which was kindly donated by BT fleet.
Then the team set off for the final leg at 9pm to arrive at 2am at the foot of Snowdon in Wales.
They braved the pitch black and fought horizontal hail and winds which lifted the team off their feet.
“We enjoyed it so much despite the weather that we may do the West Highland Way as our next venture.”
The whole operation took 23 hours 36 minutes and 22 seconds and the team smashed their target of £1,000 to raise £3,237 and counting.
The team would like to thank Alphin Pans of Delph for a generous donation.