Last weekend the team here at Thomas Hardie Used Trucks undertook the mammoth challenge of walking the National Three Peaks in 23 hours and 55 minutes. By some miracle we managed to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in just over 23 hours despite having to endure some of the worst weather we have ever encountered, forgetting our maps and even stopping at one point to rescue an old lady.
The team consisting of Jonathan Bownes, Ronnie Kelsall, Mark Jones, Paul McCarthy, and Tom Buckley braved the elements, beginning the ascent of Ben Nevis at 3.45pm on Friday 31 July and finishing at the bottom of Snowdon at 3.40pm on Saturday afternoon, ascending a total of 3,400 metres over 22 miles and driving another 900 miles.
Don’t worry, we’re not completely barmy; the decision for five used Volvo truck dealers and pub athletes to tackle Britain’s three tallest mountains was all for an extremely worthy cause.
We undertook the challenge in order to raise money for St. Luke’s hospice in Winsford, Cheshire in memory of one of our late, great colleagues Karl Graves who sadly passed away from cancer 10 years ago. Every year we partake in some kind of challenge in order to raise money for the hospice that cared for him while he was battling the illness.
Past events include charity football matches, the Winsford 10K run and a Manchester to Blackpool bike ride so it’s fair to say that this was our most ambitious challenge yet. So far the ‘Three Peaks for the Crack Challenge’ has raised almost £2,000 for the hospice and we are still taking donations. If you would like to donate you can do so via our JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/threepeaksforthecrack
As tough as the challenge was, the sense of achievement we got from completing it in under 24 hours made it completely worth it. Now comes the really hard part of coming up with something even bigger and better for next year’s challenge! If you have any suggestions, tweet them to us at @THCUsedTrucks.