Over the weekend of the 27th June 2015, Nicholas Thompson led a Fairmont Spencer team of 7 to climb the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in aid of the Christie Cancer Hospital in Didsbury, Manchester. We tackled Ben Nevis first, then Scafell Pike and finally conquered Mount Snowdon.Beginning at 5pm on the Sunday afternoon, the team tackled the 3 Peaks challenge, walking a total of 26 horizontal miles, climbed through 3000m and drove over 440 miles between the peaks, raising upwards of £1500 in the process. The weather generally treated us well, apart from the snow, ice and very poor visibility we found awaiting us at the top of Ben Nevis.
The monies raised went to the famous Manchester Based Christie Hospital who carry out great works, alongside the NHS in the field of cancer care.
Nicholas Thompson, Managing Director of Fairmont Spencer said it was such an achievement for the team to complete the challenge, and raise funds for such a worthwhile cause. One of our team had recently been touched by Cancer, so raising funds for the Christie was that much more personal for us.
The challenge was completed within the 24 hour target and I was really pleased with the way in which we all rallied around together. Looking back the training we all put in was invaluable, but as with all things, looking back, a few more hours on the Moors of Lancashire would not have gone amiss.
We are already planning for next year’s expedition which will probably be along the same lines, but with a few extra twists to make it even more challenging. We are currently thinking of undertaking the 5 Peaks Challenge in 36 hours which encompasses the Yorkshire 3 Peaks followed by Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon.