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3 Mountains
24 Hours
1 Hurricane

What could possibly go wrong?

On Friday 24th October 2014 these two Limegreen hillbillies – Alex ‘Crocodile Dundee’ Down and Andy ‘Ray Mears’ Rees, will accompany six financial advisors from Bartholomew Hawkins in an attempt to conquer the National Three Peaks Challenge – 3 mountains in 3 countries in under 24 hours. All to raise money for Velindre Cancer Centre.

This is hardly Richard Parks' 737 Challenge and it probably wouldn't impress Prince Harry and his military chums but these 8 white collar workers are neither athletes nor experienced mountaineers. In truth, some of these chumps have never seen a mountain or owned a pair of walking boots until recently.

This team of hardcore office types are prepared to chance blisters, physical exhaustion and sleep deprivation to triumphantly complete this gruelling feat. Add to this the horrendous weather conditions courtesy of Hurricane Gonzalo and the mountain of emails they will face after losing two days out of the office and you may appreciate the true enormity of the task facing this rabble of unlikely adventurers.

So what can you do to help? It's really easy… As the rain lashes down outside and the wind whistles at your window, go make yourself a nice warm cuppa, then sit back in your comfy office chair and click the link below. Please, donate as much as you can to help us raise as much money as possible for the wonderful people at Velindre Cancer Centre.

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The Challenge

The National Three Peaks Challenge
3 mountains, 3 countries in 24 hours

06:00 Ben Nevis 4,409 ft

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. Standing at 1,344 meters (4,409 ft) above sea level, it is located in the Scottish Highlands, close to the town of Fort William.

At 06:00 sharp the team will start their climb from the foot of Ben Nevis. It should take them approximately 3 hours to summit. With wet and windy conditions forecast the team won't hang around. They will promptly descend and aim to be back at the bottom by 11:00 to begin the 6 hour drive to England for mountain two.

17:00 Scafell Pike 3,210 ft

At 978 meters (3,210 ft), Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England. At 17:00 the team will begin the ascent. It should take 4 hours to get there and back. Due to the time of the year the majority of the journey will be in the dark so head torches will be at the ready. By 21:00 the team should be back at the minibus safe and sound, if not, rather tired, and a tad wet. The driver will then begin the 5 hour journey to Snowdon in North Wales.

02:00 Snowdon 3,560 ft

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 meters (3,560 ft) above sea level. It is located in Snowdonia National Park and has been described as "probably the busiest mountain in Britain".

The team will start their ascent at the unearthly hour of 02:00 so are not expecting traffic to be a problem. With a 4 hour walk ahead of them the shattered team will need to push hard to ensure they reach the peak before the 6am deadline...

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