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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Cumbrian team's Three Peaks challenge

THE weekend for most people is a time of relaxation – but not for this group of west Cumbrian men who will be pushing themselves to the limit.

The four are set to scale three of the highest peaks in Britain, meaning a gruelling total climb of 11,500ft in just 24 hours.

John Alick, 39, Mark Geldard, 37, both of Egremont, and Cleator Moor challengers Steven Butterworth, 45, and Gary McKee, 44, will set off tonight to tackle Scafell Pike in the Lake District, Ben Nevis in Scotland and Snowdon in Wales.

The Three Peaks Challenge is particularly tough as those taking part must complete the challenge in 24 hours, including travel.

The group are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of a challenge set by Gary.

Sue McDonald, fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, explained: “Gary was fundraiser of the year nationally last year, and he challenged 100 people to raise £100 each.

“This is one of those events.”

Gary planned on having a break from fundraising after the birth of his daughter, but hasn’t been able to keep himself away from raising money after completing most of the challenges.

He said: “The peaks will certainly present themselves as a challenge because we have to get up three mountains and the logistics that are involved on top of that all in 24 hours. We couldn’t do it without the support team.

“The more money we can raise the more lives we can change.”

Friends Billy Cullen, 46, of Cleator Moor and Rob Currie, 56, of Egremont are acting as the support crew.

As part of his open challenge to 100 people, like-minded fundraisers have completed skydives, the London Marathon and the Coast2Coast trail to raise cash for Macmillan.

The group has been given a vehicle to travel between the peaks in by Sellafield

JIrving@cngroup.co.uk

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