A GROUP of men from Cheltenham are getting set to take on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Alzheimer’s Research and Alzheimer’s Support UK charities.
The challenge involves hiking up Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon, the highest mountains in Scotland, England, and Wales respectively, and is regarded as one of the toughest in the UK. They will be trekking over 23 miles, with a total ascent of 3064 meters, all within 24 hours. It’s going to be a long, hard slog, with very little sleep, but they’re up for the challenge and it is for a great cause.
One of the men taking on the challenge, George Carrie said:
“We’re all really excited to do this for such a good cause. We think it’s going to be tough but looking forward to getting through it, raising money for Alzheimer’s then enjoying a beer at the end.”
Alzheimer’s is a cause close to everyone’s hearts. More than half of people in the UK have been affected by the disease and almost half have a family member who has suffered with it. The team have raised just over £3000 so far and are aiming to raise £5000 for the two charities. These charities help fund research, provide support for those affected, and raise awareness of the devastating disease.
The lads climbing are George Carrie, Tom Amos, Ollie Blay, Merlin Middleton, Jaymin Korant, Chris O’Neill, Guy Williams-Holland, Sam Holdaway, Jack Kelly, Harvey Phelps, Jordan Lindsay, Nathan Holder, Elliot Wood, Joshua Scott, Billy Blowers and Rob MacLaughlin. Taking on the equally tough challenge of driving the hikers between each mountain is Jonah Griffin.
They all met through school, playing sports together when they were younger or working together. They’ve been training hard, taking on warm-up hikes, running and using the stairmaster in the gym!
If you see them out and about, be sure to ask how their training is going and consider making a donation to support their cause. The £5000 target would make a big difference to Alzheimer’s Research and Alzheimer’s Support UK charities, and every little bit helps.
To keep up to date with their training, fundraising and to meet the team you can follow them on the Instagram page @threepeakss. You can also donate directly via www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/3peaks-alzheimers