Ryan's record attempt

PUBLISHED: 06:48 14 August 2015

Three peak challenge

Three peak challenge

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A Lympstone soldier and combat veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq is set to break the record for running, climbing and cycling the 525 miles between the highest peaks in the British Isles.

Royal Engineer Major Ryan McGuirk, 33, will be racing the equivalent of London to Aberdeen with an ascent of 9,800 feet for Macmillan Cancer UK this weekend.

The record stands at 46.5 hours and was set in 2008 by James McAvoy, Graeme Widdup and Nicholas Hudson.

Ryan, along with teammate Major Steve Crosby Jones, who is also raising money for Combat Stress, aim to smash the record to raise money for a charity that has supported his family.

Major McGuirk said: “My cousin, Rebecca, a young mother of two small boys, was diagnosed with inoperable advanced stage bowel and liver cancer earlier this year.

“This is the same disease that we lost her mother to only a few years ago.

“She is currently undergoing treatment and receiving outstanding support from Macmillan nurses.

“Their work is truly incredible and makes a real difference to both families and those affected by cancer in their darkest times.

“We hope that the money raised can help to keep this fantastic work going for future families who will also face the fight with cancer.”

Their record attempt starts tomorrow (Friday, August 14), but preparation began last December.

Over six months, Ryan and Steve have taken part in trial climbs, cycles and runs across the three peaks in snow, sleet and rain.

Their record-breaking attempt will be supported by family and friends, who will take shifts to provide bike maintenance, food, water, navigation and morale.

The challenge begins at Fort William, where they will scale Ben Nevis before heading to Scafell Pike and finishing in Caernarfon, Wales, after scaling Mount Snowden.

To donate go to: www.justgiving.com/Purer3Peaks-CombatStress

www.justgiving.com/Purer-Peaks-MacMillan

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