Monday, 13 August 2012

Pilots prepare for lofty challenge

A group of eight walkers will today (Monday) embark on a challenge to climb 42 peaks of the Lake District to raise funds for life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

The adventurists will aim to complete one of the most demanding treks in England with an ascent of 27,000ft over 72 miles, in just five days.

They will set off from Moot Hall at Keswick today and climb an average of 6,000ft over eight hours each day before finishing back at Keswick on Friday.

The group consists of three marine pilots based at Sheerness Docks, a medical student, health manager, barber, prison officer, IT engineer and a midwife who will be joining them half way.

Organiser Chris Griffiths, of Medway Pilots Association, said: “It’s a hell of a challenge but we’re determined to do it.

“We originally had 32 people interested in doing it but after we put them through their paces in training we were left with just eight.

“We will be carrying our food, tents and sleeping bags and my fear is ankle injuries and blisters. I’ve done it several times with my son and he collapsed twice, that’s how hard it is.”

One of the party will celebrate their 40th birthday tomorrow (Tuesday) and presents have been hidden under rocks along the route.

A surprise party will also be thrown near Scafell Pike where they will be camping on day two. The group has so far raised £5,000 and can still be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/42peakchallenge.

The so-called Bob Graham Round of 42 peaks is named after the Keswick guesthouse owner who first completed the challenge in June, 1932. 

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