Whitsome farmer completes three peaks challenge

left to right: Jack Smith, Andrew Stovin and Jim Burston. Andrew Stovin, a management trainee from Co-operative Farms' Whitsome Hill Farm, Duns, who has completed the three peaks challenge with two colleagues in a bid to raise �2,000 for Mencap
left to right: Jack Smith, Andrew Stovin and Jim Burston. Andrew Stovin, a management trainee from Co-operative Farms' Whitsome Hill Farm, Duns, who has completed the three peaks challenge with two colleagues in a bid to raise �2,000 for Mencap

A TRIO of intrepid management trainees from The Co-operative Farms swapped their wellies for climbing boots to complete the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Mencap and ENABLE Scotland.

Berwickshire farmer Andrew Stovin, 24, of Whitsome Hill Farm, Jack Smith, 23, based at Tillington Farm, Herefordshire, and Jim Burston, 24, based at Highland Court Farm, Kent, aimed to tackle the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in under 24 hours in their bid to raise £2,000 for The Co-operative Group’s staff charity of the year.

The super-fit fundraisers braved heavy rain, thick cloud and even snow-capped peaks, as well as aches and pains to complete their climb of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 23 hours and 30 minutes and are now well on their way to reaching their grand total.

They were supported by Jack Parsons, assistant manager at The Co-operative’s Goole farm in East Yorkshire, who drove them from peak to peak, and waited while they climbed Ben Nevis in five hours, Scafell in five hours and Snowdon in 3.5 hours to complete their challenge with 30 minutes to spare.

Jim Burston said: “We wanted to do something challenging to raise money for Mencap, although tackling the three peaks was a lot tougher than we thought it would be.

“We got soaking wet, tired and aches and pains, and even strayed from the track on Scafell Pike, and by the time we got to Snowdon we were all struggling and it was really hard going climbing it.

“On our way down, we agreed that we’d probably never do anything as tough as this again!

“However, it was really rewarding to complete the challenge in less than 24 hours, while at the same time raising such a fantastic amount of money for such a worthwhile cause as Mencap.”

There is still time to support Andrew, Jack and Jim’s fundraising efforts and help them reach their £2,000 target by visiting: www.justgiving.com/co-opthreepeaks.