A band of hardy souls braved the elements (and lack of sleep) to complete the National Three Peaks Challenge on August 15th/16th. Samantha Gill and Grant Prescott were participating as part of a series of challenges this summer in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and Motor Neurone Disease Association. They were joined by Buttress colleagues Ben Tabiner and Lawrence Wilson, who was the team’s designated driver.
The challenge took in the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in the space of 24 hours. Setting out at 6pm on the 15th, the team endured a five hour slog up and down Ben Nevis, experiencing plummeting temperatures and a night time descent (albeit rewarded at the bottom with fish and chips supplied by Lawrence!). They then drove through the night to Cumbria for a dawn assault on Scafell Pike, which was arguably the biggest test of morale, given the aching limbs and sleep deprivation.
Unfortunately Samantha’s challenge was cut short by injury, but the team travelled on to Snowdon with Lawrence stepping in to take her place on the last climb. Fuelled by Haribo and Kendal mint cake, our remaining challengers made it to the top before practically running back down the mountain, reaching the car park at dead on 6pm. They were able to summon a smile for the group photo at the end (or is it a grimace?!), safe in the knowledge that a well-deserved rest waited for them!
Thank you to all who have offered messages of support and/or donations.