Mountain challenge

KEEN climbers are being asked to set themselves a New Year challenge to climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in just 36 hours in aid of the Meningitis Trust.

The Meningitis Trust is organising the 15th year of its Three Peaks Challenge, to take place between May 11 and 13 or July 6 and 8.

The charity relies on donations to continue its vital work. Over £1 million has been raised since the first Three Peaks Challenge, and the Trust is keen to reach new heights with its fundraising next year.

The 36 hour Three Peaks challenge starts at Snowdon in North Wales. Participants, individuals or groups, are then taken by coach to the bottom of Scafell in the Lake District – to trek Scafell in the dark. Finally, the team is whisked up to Scotland to climb the highest of the three mountains, Ben Nevis.

Anybody who’s reasonably fit will be able to manage it, and expert guides and support services will be on hand.

Next year’s fundraising target is £65,000, with a minimum £100 from each participant. Visit the Trust’s website at or contact Liv Maybank for more details, phone 0845 120 4530 or email: