Engineering Success for 24 hour Three Peaks Challenge
A team of eleven people from Space Engineering Services have successfully completed the Three Peaks Challenge and raised £4,825 so far for a local charity.
With an original target to raise £1000, donations have poured in from businesses and individuals, and will go to the Teenage Parents Project (TPP), our chosen charity of the year which supports young families in the Hartcliffe and Withywood areas of Bristol.
The challenge, to climb the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in under 24 hours, took place on what some would call an unlucky day – Friday 13th June. But thanks to their training, commitment and immense motivation, being on Friday the 13th was no obstacle for the team of climbers, who all succeeded in completing the challenge in 23 hours and 34 minutes.
At 5pm on Friday, the team started climbing Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands, completing the 1344m peak in around 4 hours. Travelling through the night, they began again at 4am Saturday morning to climb Scaffel Pike in the Lake District. With the second peak completed around 7am, the sleep-deprived team were then driven to North Wales for the final peak, scaling the 1085m Mount Snowdon.
All eleven members of the team, which included Andy Sealy, Tony Mills, Dave Foreshew, Rhys Davies, Brian Sealy, Keith Harris, Jack Sealy, Jamie Abbott, Ed Mills, Lewis Barry and Connor Brailsford, successfully completed the challenge despite virtually no sleep and having been awake for 33 hours.
The support team, which included drivers from Plant Speed Transport, assisted the team by driving the 1200 miles on a challenging route to reach each of the peaks in time. Walking a total of 23 miles, and ascending more than 3567m metres, the team were incredibly proud to have completed this intensively physical challenge.
Team leader and all-round hero Andy Sealy, Production Manager at Space Engineering said; “When the Teenage Parents Project was selected as our charity of the year, I was elated as I have been involved with the charity for a number of years. I have seen the great work they do and their constant struggle to raise funds, so I wanted to ensure we raised as much as we possibly could for them. I am immensely proud of our achievement and that we all made it as a team to the top of each mountain, that we completed the challenge with time to spare and crossed the finish line together. We saw many other teams fall by the wayside, proving our determination as a group and what is possible if you are focused enough. Everyone pulled out all the stops and the event has brought the team closer together. We are already planning our next challenge for 2015!”
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