A member of Curchod & Co’s staff, Gary Whitaker from the Weybridge office’s agency team, has taken part in the famous (some would say notorious) “Three Peaks Challenge” – climbing up and down the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales (not in that order) in under 24 hours.
Gary was part of a team of local fathers who were looking to raise money to help pay for a ‘multi-use games area’ at Burpham Primary School near Guildford.
The team started their ascent of Ben Nevis in Scotland at 5 pm on Saturday the 9th June, descending by 10 pm then driving through the night in two mini buses to start the climb of Scarfell Pike in the English Lake District at 3:45 am on Sunday morning. After a slow decent the team then drove onto north Wales and started the climb of Mount Snowdon by midday, reaching the summit a total of 22 hours and 57 minutes after starting the climb of Ben Nevis. The time beat their own previous best, set in 2014, by more than 30 minutes!
An exhausted Gary said: “This was a community effort and our main aim was to raise money for the school. Beating our previous time from four years ago was pleasing for the whole team and provided the icing on the cake.
“We are on target to raise over £8,000 for the school and have to say a huge thank you to the kind sponsorship I received from Curchod & Co, my colleagues and generous clients,” he added.
Any time we start something new it is exciting and we are very motivated and committed. As time goes by, however, the burst of enthusiasm can wane as the reality of how much work is going to be involved kicks in. When you find yourself slacking a little and not being as enthused about the new change or goal you are working towards, that isn’t a sign to quit. It is a sign that it is time to re-commit.Meet the team