They did us proud!…
The Knights Crusade hiking team completed their task of conquering the UK’s three tallest mountains – all within 24 hours. The challenge – which has raised vital funds for Teenage Cancer Trust – started at the foot of a rain-soaked Ben Nevis (Scotland) at 10am on Friday 22nd September and was finally completed at 09:45am the next day following additional climbs of both Scafell Pike (Lake District) and Snowdon (North Wales).
The team bus departed for Scotland on Thursday afternoon with everyone having the chance to gain plenty of rest before taking on the task that lay ahead. Next morning, the team filled up for breakfast but it was soon down to business with everyone focused on getting a good start as not only were there adverse weather conditions to contend with whilst on the peaks themselves – there was also the unknown element of traffic and road conditions in between the three stages.
Luckily – albeit with a few minor injuries picked up along the way – there were no real hold-ups and the team were able to successfully transit between the three peaks with their own personal physical recoveries the only real concern.
Following the journey down from Scotland to the Lake District, there was plenty of stretching and limbering up required as the night drew in and temperatures dropped. A particular highlight of the overall challenge was reaching the top of Scafell Pike in pitch black darkness – a real spur on towards this fantastic achievement.
As the 24 hour limit neared, the team had to push on through the fatigue and jogged a large portion of the Snowdon track – to make it back and end this challenge with time to spare.
Triumphant team leader, Doug Wellington summed up the event by saying, “I’d like to say a massive ‘well done’ to all of the guys involved in this achievement – everyone can be proud of what they’ve done. Special thanks also need to go out to all of our generous sponsors who have donated to a fantastic cause in Teenage Cancer Trust.”
There is still time to donate to this fantastic charity at www.justgiving.com/knightscrusade