Pair counting down to Peaks challenge

Gavin Russell (left) and Steve Hall who are taking on the Three Peaks Challenge. ANL-161105-120702001
Gavin Russell (left) and Steve Hall who are taking on the Three Peaks Challenge. ANL-161105-120702001
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The countdown is on for two friends who are preparing to tackle the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of charity next week.

Steve Hall (37), of Waterloo Drive, Morton, and Gavin Russell (44), of Eagle Drive, Sleaford, will set off on their way at 2pm on Wednesday when they will attempt to scale the tallest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales – all within the space of 24 hours.

The pair, who are both 
logistics planners at Turners (Soham) Ltd, in Bicker, will be supported by their colleague Jon Collins (41), of Haff Close, Swineshead, who will be taking on the role of main driver.

Steve and Gavin have both wanted to take on the Three Peaks Challenge for some time and are pleased to be doing so in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The charity is dear to both as Steve’s father died from a brain tumour in 1986 when he was seven, while Gavin’s mother-in-law-also also died of cancer.

“Both were looked after by Macmillan, so doing this is our way of giving something back,” explains Steve.

Since signing up for the 24-hour challenge – which involves climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland (1,345m), England’s Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1,085) in Wales – the pair have been training hard.

“We’ve been walking in Bourne Woods, as well as running and cycling regularly. We’ve also climbed Snowdon in Wales and Ingleborough Mountain in the Yorkshire Dales,” added Steve.

“I’ve lost two stone and Gavin has given up smoking too. We’re really looking forward to the views from the highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales and taking on the challenge itself, but perhaps not so much the tiredness and aches and pains afterwards.”

The pair have no set fundraising target but have collected more than £700 in sponsors so far.

• You can support their cause at https://www.justgiving.com/Gavin-Russell4