Thursday, 29 July 2010

Peak Performance

29 July 2010 

My Darling E

You may have wondered why there was no mention of Adrian when the girls were doing their Race for Life in Basildon back at the beginning of June.

That's because he was attempting the Three Peaks Challenge with Tim and Richard.  

To succeed they had to climb the three highest peaks in Britain - Ben Nevis in Scotland; Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Snowden in north Wales - and do it all within 24 hours.

It meant a lot of climbing - and miles of driving.  

This where Rae helped out by being their chauffer, shopper and morale booster.  Between Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike Rae's sister, Ruth, joined them to share these duties.

On the Friday morning they flew to Inverness, picked up a hire car and headed for Ben Nevis.

When they reached the foot ofBen Nevis, they kitted up and started climbing... 

The Challenge Begins @ 16.25

 Top of Ben Nevis @ 18.40 

 One Down; Two to Go @ 20.25  

 Scafell Pike Summit @ 4.11  

Time to Move On @ 5.45

Ready for Snowden @ 10.23

Summit of Snowden @ 12.07

Mission Accomplished @ 13.45

This was the text message Adrian sent me later that Saturday afternoon...

'Am at the bottom of Snowden sipping champagne.  We are down in a total time of 21 hours 18 minutes including 10.5 hours walking time.  Only casualty - my walking boots. A'  

I'm sure you are impressed with their efforts.  I know I was.

So congratulations to the three of them - and to their brilliant back-up team of Ruth and Rae.

The mention of Snowden did, however, bring back memories of a Sunday afternoon at Onslow Gardens, when Uncle Fred was telling us about walking up Snowden - and having to get on his hands and knees when he reached the top.

Not from exhaustion but vertigo.  Luckily he was able to get down by train!

It was a long, long, long time ago, but I remember you didn't enjoy his story much as heights bothered you too.

It's funny how odd little things like that, start the memories flooding back and remind me just how much I miss you.

Do love you so much,

For Ever