Saturday, 1 June 2013


A team of Lowestoft fundraisers are undergoing the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the Children with Cancer charity.

The five-strong team are friends from Lowestoft and Harleston who hope to raise £1,000 in sponsorship for the charity by testing themselves in mid-June against the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales.

From left: 3 Peaks challengers: Justin Brown, Jon North and Andy Chase

The team is led by Andy Chase, who will be joined by Justin Brown, Jon North, Andy Coates and Gav Starks.

The group will start with Ben Nevis which is the highest of the three (1343 metres) before moving onto Scafell Pike (978 metres) and then arriving at Mount Snowdon in the dark to ascend its 1085 metre-high summit.

As well as physical fitness, driving safely between the three peaks is a crucial factor in ensuring the event is completed within the 24-hour time limit, so team member Justin Brown, a sales executive at Mitchells Renault, asked bosses there if they could borrow a Renault Trafic minibus for the weekend.

From left 3 Peaks challengers; Jon North, Justin Brown and Andy Chase.

The vehicle was specially selected for its load-carrying space and comfortable nine seats and will be driven between mountains by the team members’ partners so that the climbers have time to “relax”.

Justin Brown, sales executive at Mitchells Renault in Lowestoft, said: “We’ve always spoken about doing it and decided that this was the year. Under Andy’s guidance, we’ve all been training hard on bikes and rowing machines as well as adhering to a strict diet.”

In a previous physical challenge, Justin raised £800 for the Sandra Chapman Centre in June 2010 with a fundraising parachute jump.

He added: “The parachute jump was great fun but in some ways much easier than the Three Peaks Challenge which is one of the UK's most challenging physical events.

“We chose Children with Cancer as it’s a cause that is close to everyone’s heart and we’re keen to raise as much as possible for this very worthy charity. Anything that is donated to the sponsorship total would be very much appreciated.

“We’d also like to thank Renault for the loan of the comfortable and practical minibus which will prove to be a real asset over the weekend as we can sit back and hopefully prepare for the next stage while someone else does the driving!”

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