Walkers Peak for WaterAid!

50 miles to walk, 20,000 feet to climb, 1,000 miles to drive and two sea-crossings all within 72 hours - completed!

17 Jul 2013
Nine teams, one challenge. To complete WaterAid's 6 Peaks Challenge! The event took place from 5 to 8 July and involved climbing six of the highest mountains in the British Isles; in the Isle of Man, Wales, England, Scotland, Ulster and the Republic of Ireland.

Starting from Laxey Harbour on Friday afternoon, participants tackled the Isle of Man's majestic Snaefell before crossing the channel to take on Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Ben Nevis in Scotland. After a second ferry crossing, teams conquered Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland before the long drive to the sixth and final peak, Corran Tuathail, the highest peak in Ireland.

All mountains had to be completed in just 72 hours. That's 50 miles to walk, 20,000 feet to climb, 1,000 miles to drive and two sea crossings! The challenge was made even tougher this year with walkers having to contend with an average 25 degree heat throughout the challenge and a sweltering 31 degrees at the final peak.

As well as summiting the six mountains, the goal was to raise money for WaterAid, so far, the teams have raised more than£30,000 this year. With the trophy for Most Money Raised going to the Black & Veatch Lions.

Ian Mitchell, 6 Peaks Project Manager from Yorkshire Water, said: "It is a huge personal challenge for many of the teams taking part as this event is one of the toughest UK charity challenges around. By the time the teams finish they were absolutely exhausted, but it's a fantastic, life-enhancing experience."

Alex Louden, from GBMJV, was awarded the ‘Best Individual Effort’ accolade after carrying the team's banner to the top of every peak and at just 18 he is the youngest participant of the 6 Peaks Challenge.

Participant Gail Green from Douglas works as a Lecturer for the Isle of Man Government and was among those setting off from Laxey: "I was really looking forward to the challenge. I took part last year as well and the atmosphere down at the harbour was amazing. I was inspired to take on the challenge after trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal two years ago and experiencing first-hand what it was like to have no access to clean, safe water and adequate sanitation.

"It's definitely tough-going at times – the boulder fields at Scafell Pike and the boggy ground at Corran Tuathill are certainly challenging - but it’s great to know that we'll be helping support those who face daily challenges getting access to the vital resources that we take for granted."

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