Team of 19 takes on the Three Peaks Challenge

Members of the group who completed the Three Peaks Challenge in three days
Members of the group who completed the Three Peaks Challenge in three days
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Spurred on by the memory of friends and family who have stayed at the Rowans Hospice, a group of walkers took part in the Three Peaks Challenge and completed it in three days.

The team of 19 from various walks of life all got together to take part in the trek, to climb up and down the three tallest mountains in Britain.

The idea was thought up by Mark Orchard and Malcolm Wallin, who work together at Portsmouth City Council.

Malcolm, a mechanical and electrical services manager, said: ‘We are a group of like-minded people and we all like walking.

‘The idea came one day when we thought we would like to do the Three Peaks Challenge, but not by running as many of us are over 50.

‘So then myself and Mark asked friends and family if they would like to join in and we got our group.

‘We picked Rowans Hospice as the charity to fundraise for as we have all had experience with it and it’s a local organisation.’

The group included employees from Portsmouth City Council, IBM, John Wiley and Sons Publishers, Pall Europe and British Gas.

There was also a solicitor, an electronics engineer, a commercial abseiler and a construction worker.

They all worked together and tackled Britain’s biggest mountains – Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Snowdon in Wales.

The team has raised £2,000 so far.

Walkers had been taking part in five to 12-mile walks in the build-up to the challenge.

The group started in Scotland. Malcolm, 56, explained: ‘The weather wasn’t really with us for the first two days.

‘On day two we were met with gale force winds and horizontal rain to contend with.

‘But we managed to conquer all the peaks.’

The team spent around six hours each day climbing up and down each mountain.

A coach was hired to take the group between each location.

Lesley Woodcock, community fundraiser for The Rowans Hospice, said: ‘To climb the three peaks in three days is an incredible achievement.

‘And we are very grateful for every penny that the team manages to raise for The Rowans Hospice.’

The hospice provides specialist hospice care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses.

In addition it also provides support for friends and families affected by the illness of a loved-one. To donate money to the Three Peaks Challenge team, visit