Three Peaks Challenge Team Raise £4.5k for SportsAble
A team of six courageous fundraisers has raised more than £4,500 for SportsAble by undertaking the arduous Three Peaks challenge earlier this month.
Niall McCaffrey, SportsAble Sports Manager and his team mates Daniel Pringle, Matt Mullane, Michael Rowden, Kate Chapman and driver Joe Salman, travelled over 650 kilometres throughout the challenge which took them to Scotland, Wales and England. Collectively, the team walked over 40 kilometres, 3,408 metres of which where ascents. Setting off on Tuesday 23rd (October), the team completed their first ascent on Ben Nevis before heading to Scaffel Pike to undertake a treacherous night climb and finally finishing the challenge at Snowdon on Wednesday 24th (October).
The team battled against the odds during the challenge, including 60mph winds during their Ben Nevis ascent, 5ft night time visibility when climbing Scafell Pike and a road closure that forced them to take a nail biting diversion across the steep and windy mountain roads of the Lake District. Two members were struck down with illness, while another suffered knee damage during a nasty fall on Scafell Pike and required assistance on the descent in sub zero temperatures. Despite these obstacles being put in the team’s way, two of them completed the three mountains in a shade over the 24 hour target.
Speaking about the challenge, Niall McCaffrey says, “I have really enjoyed the preparation, camaraderie and the challenge of reaching outside my comfort zone. We are also very grateful to Joe who stayed awake and alert throughout the challenge to ensure we got to the different destinations as quickly as we could.
“We are all grateful to SportsAble for supporting our efforts every step of the way. It has been a privilege to be part of a team that has raised over £4.5k which will go towards directly supporting the work it does.”