Exmouth friends brave heat-wave and sleepless car journeys for Three Peaks Challenge
PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:01 18 July 2018
A group of Exmouth friends braved heat-wave conditions and sleepless car journeys to complete the national Three-Peaks Challenge for charity.
Nick England, Scott Lees, Steve Doble and Joe Perry all successfully reached the summits of Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike in less that 24 hours, raising more than £3,000 for charity in the process.
The British Heart Foundation, Prostate Cancer UK and Combat Stress are the charities set to benefit from their fundraising success.
The friends even completed the challenge despite their driver for the adventure having to pull out, meaning they had to share the 1,200-mile round-trip driving between them.
Scott, 40, of Littleham, said he was ‘relieved and delighted’ to be able to complete the challenge, adding: “It was much harder than I expected. We had no sleep, we had to drive ourselves and had 30-degree heat throughout the whole thing.”
Scott likened the heat to adding the weight of an extra bag on their backs.
The idea for the challenge was the brainchild of Nick, who had decided he wanted to achieve something with a landmark birthday coming up soon.
He said: “It was just because I was getting old. I am coming up 50 and I wanted to do something and I like my walking.
“I wanted to do something and I have never done anything like that at all – it was good fun.”
Nick also said the temperature was 86 degrees when they reached the top of Ben Nevis.
The group prepared for the trek by walking from Exmouth along the coast to Seaton, which is the equivalent distance they covered across the three mountains.
Nick said this training prepared them for what was to come and showed them how much water they would need to take with them.
He added: “Certainly in the few days after it was a case of ‘never again’ but now the dust has settled I would love to do it again.”
Nick also said that the amount raised left him in disbelief, having only set a £500 target because he didn’t want to ‘ram it down people’s throats’.