Penrith fundraisers hit target in nick of time

Date: Friday 25th May 2018

INTREPID fund-raisers hailed a “massive team effort” as they completed a daunting 24-hour Three Peaks challenge — with less than four minutes to spare.

A 12-strong group set their sights on scaling Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within a day. They did it to raise money and support the 250 or so youngsters who make up Penrith Rugby Club’s junior section.

Blessed by fine weather at the weekend, they first hiked up and down a snow-capped Ben Nevis (1,345m, 4,413ft) in Scotland in five-and-a-half hours.

They found themselves half an hour behind their schedule but made that up as they conquered Scafell Pike — England’s highest mountain at 978m (3,209ft) — in just three hours, seeing a stunning sunrise early on Sunday in the process.

In between they lost one team member to a knee injury.

But the 11 remaining walkers — backed by a support crew of four dedicated drivers — then tackled Snowdon (1,085m, 3,560ft) in Wales. And the last man made it up and down with just three minutes and 54 seconds of the 24 hours to spare as the others cheered him on.

Full story in Saturday's paper