Fab four take on the Three Peaks for Diamond Challenge

The Parts Alliance’s Andy Hurst has been on the fundraising trail again, this time completing the mountainous Three Peaks Challenge.

He was joined by partner Jackie Fowler and her brother and sister, Hugh Allen and Lis Gardner, yomping up and down Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis in just under 24 hours.

The fab four took on Britain’s highest peaks as part of celebrations for 60 years of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Together they have raised more than £300 for disadvantaged and vulnerable young people supported by the scheme.

They have also each earned a Diamond Challenge pin, specially created for the 60th anniversary and awarded to individuals who raise a minimum of £60.

Andy, Pricing and Management Information manager at The Parts Alliance’s Central Facilities in Solihull, said it was the group’s children who had inspired them to tackle the climb. “Either through lack of opportunity or lack of enthusiasm, as kids none of us had taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award yet all of our children have achieved it,” he said.

Fitness was not an issue as all four were into their sport – running or cycling or both, he said. The team began the epic trek at the foot of Ben Nevis at 4pm, reaching the summit at 6.20pm, then travelled to Scafell Pike for a 2am start, hitting the top at 4am, before going on to Snowdon for 11.30am, conquering it at 1.30pm and finishing at 3.22pm.

Andy said: “In all it took us 23 hours and 22 minutes. It was tough physically and mentally. The three climbs are hard in themselves, but there is no opportunity for a rest. We had two 10 minute breaks on the motorway on the whole journey and ate and slept on the move.

“The worst part was the top of Scafell Pike. It’s an inhospitable place even in daylight, the majority of it is uneven and covered in rocks and stones. But couple this with the pitch black of night and it was not the most welcoming place.

“We spent only two or three minutes at the top of each climb before descending, finishing with only 40 minutes to spare. It’s clear that if you stop any longer than absolutely necessary it will take more than 24 hours. So far we have raised over £300 and we’d like to thank everyone who has contributed,” said Andy.

In May last year Andy took part in the London to Paris bike ride, raising funds for BEN, the Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund, while in 2013 he cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats for the Air Ambulance Service.