Scaling heights and the weather

Martin Beeton, Adrian Cole and Stuart Walsham who ciimbed Britain's three highest mountains for charity last week.

Martin Beeton, Adrian Cole and Stuart Walsham who ciimbed Britain's three highest mountains for charity last week.

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Three friends have conquered thunderstorms and gale-force winds to climb Britain’s three highest mountains for charity.

Local men Adrian Cole and Stuart Walsham and Martin Beeton, from King’s Lynn, completed the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and Crowland Cancer Fund.

The trio climbed Scotland’s Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike in England and Mount Snowdon in Wales in 23 hours, with sponsorship bringing in around £2,500 so far.

It is a major achievement for Stuart (48), who works for Frontier Agriculture in Holbeach, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer almost five years ago.

He said: “It was absolutely gruelling from start to finish.

“Snowdon was the easiest to climb but even there it was raining and it got worse and worse with the gale-force winds.

“All three of us had moments where we needed encouragement but we were strong in spirit and determined to do it.”

Adrian (46), of Holbeach Drove, said: “We completed the challenge in 23 hours and were delighted because the weather conditions were the worst we’d ever seen.

“It wasn’t very pleasant but we just wanted to see how far we could push ourselves.”

The friends started the challenge by climbing the 4,406ft Ben Nevis in less than five hours.

They moved on to climb Scafell Pike (3,209ft) before completing their epic challenge by climbing the 3,560ft Mount Snowdon.

Stuart, of Gedney Fen, said: “The fact that people sponsored us and parted with their hard-earned money was a definite big influence on us to push on and complete the challenge.”

To make a donation, log onto www.charitygiving.co.uk/adriancole2304