26th June 2014
A team from international railway consultancy, Interfleet, successfully completed the Three Peaks Challenge by Rail to conquer the three highest mountains in England, Wales and Scotland.
The team of four, based in the Derby office, completed their challenge during the longest weekend in June. They joined a wider team of participants from across the rail industry in order to raise money for the charity, Railway Children.
The wider group, including the Interfleet team, scaled Ben Nevis (1134m), Snowdon (1085m) and Scafell Pike (978m).The Interfleet team was: Steve Lennon, Tom Flannery, Gareth Wigley and Rowan Bell.
Tom said: “After finishing the event we were exhausted but elated. We have a real sense of pride in our achievement. Scafell Pike was definitely the most difficult to climb but we were blessed with the weather which made it easier. It only rained on Ben Nevis, to be expected in Scotland, which was actually quite refreshing.
“We’ve raised over £4,500 and counting and are delighted to have done so much for a worthy cause.”
The team completed the event in 38 hours, from starting Snowdon to reaching the bottom of Ben Nevis.
Katie Mason, Events Manager from Railway Children, said: “Everyone involved pulled out all the stops for this year’s Three Peaks by Rail to raise an incredible £280,000, which is a huge achievement.
“The on-board service, run entirely by volunteers, worked tirelessly and always with a smile to feed and water the participants from start to finish. The teams even raised over £900 by having a whip round on the train to thank the crew, but they insisted on donating it all back to Railway Children. The challenge, our biggest annual industry event, is now in its twelfth year but the generosity of those that take part can still take your breath away.”
Now in its twelfth year, the challenge has raised over £2 million and each year has helped Railway Children reach 5,000 new children who are at risk, needing shelter, food, clothing, medical supplies, education and counselling.
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