Teacher Sean Houghton completed the Three Peaks Challenge just hours after returning from a gruelling cycling trip to Spain. Mr Houghton, along with his brother and a friend, climbed mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in under 24 hours to successful complete the task.
The first ascent was of snow-capped Ben Nevis at 1344 metres, then came the 978m climb of Scafell before the trio tackled Snowdon, which measures 1085m. The challenge, which not only includes the ascents and descents, but also around 500 miles of driving between destinations, took just over 22 hours.
Mr Houghton has completed the challenge several times, having previously worked for an outdoor pursuits company accompanying people on the same route. For the other members of his party it was their first time and they raised £3,000 for the neo-natal unit in their home town of Warrington.
He said: ‘I got back from the cycle trip on Friday morning at 4am and had to be up two hours later to set off for Scotland! The mountains themselves are not too hard if you have had some training and done some walking, but unfortunately the weather wasn’t great. There was still probably six to 12 inches of snow on top of Ben Nevis and it was raining on Scafell.
‘Usually you have to do one mountain in the dark so we set off up Snowdon at two in the morning. It was pitch black but cloudy so we only had about four or five feet of visibility which made it slow going. The worst bit was we had got to Snowdon and we were shattered, opened the car door, and a 40 to 50mph cold wind blew through. It was cold and we were putting on the wet clothes that we had worn for the other two mountains so it was not very motivating. Luckily I have done it quite a few times so I packed some really warm clothes. I just enjoy it.’