Pedal power and climbing for charity

Two men from Longhorsley did a combination of climbing and cycling to complete the Three Peaks Challenge.

Wednesday, 7th August 2019, 15:03 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd August 2019, 14:52 pm
The Three Peaks Challenge participants.

Rus Atkinson, whose brother had died of childhood cancer many years ago, along with Kev Carlisle, set off with three friends who live in Newcastle in an effort to raise £10,000 for the CLIC Sargent children's cancer charity.

One of the group, Richard Oades, whose seven-year-old son is currently receiving cancer treatment, set the challenge.

They were driven down to Wales, where they spent the night near Snowdon, before climbing the mountain the next morning.

Having successfully scaled Snowdon by early afternoon, they collected their bikes from the support van, driven by Warkworth resident Peter Atkinson, and cycled to Scafell Pike in the Lake District with a couple of overnight stops.

On the way, one of the riders was thrown off his bike by some tram lines on the cycle path in Preston and suffered some skin abrasions, but treatment at a near-by pharmacy allowed him to continue.

After Scafell Pike, they got back on their bikes to start the journey to Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands. After a couple of overnight stops once again, the final day began with the group riding to Ben Nevis.

They went on to successfully climb the highest mountain in the UK at 1,345 metres and then arrive back at their support van at 10.45pm.

Over the course of the five days, they cycled 450 miles and climbed 3,408 metres on foot. So far, they have raised over £8,000 and expect to reach their target by the end of the month.