The team at Griffith Smith Farrington Webb solicitors completed the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the Spinal Injuries Associaton. Here, in their own words, they describe their experience:
As you can see from the picture, we all started our Three Peaks Challenge with smiles on our faces. Some would say we were naïve. The weather may look dull in the picture but these were perfect conditions for climbing.
Our climb of Ben Nevis began at 7.30am and it was a tough, continuous trek through what felt like every season possible, including snow. Once we reached the summit we stopped for a quick pit stop, a few selfies and then it was straight back down. The descent was a lot harder than we had anticipated; we had to concentrate and try and choose the best route down. Our guide was amazing and without him I am sure we would have got lost on numerous occasions.
Still smiling, we reached the base of Ben Nevis and it was back on the minibus to Scafell Pike. The travelling took a lot out of us and the whole group really struggled to get comfortable.
As we were nearing Scafell Pike the sun was setting and we knew we would be climbing this mountain in the dark. After a quick change of clothes and enough food to keep us going, we put on our head torches and were ready to begin our second mountain. This was a tough climb. The dark and lack of sleep really made us aware of our surroundings and the magnitude of the climb. There were times when you could only see the circle of light from your head torch and it took every ounce of mental and physical strength to get to the summit. Our descent couldn’t come quick enough and we were all desperate to get off Scafell. This was the climb that all of us found tough, but completing it meant we only had one more to go.
We arrived at Snowden early in the morning and after stretching out our aches and pains we prepared our rucksacks for the final climb. We were all tired, stiff and struggling to comprehend how this climb was going to be possible but our team spirit and sheer determination meant we got to the summit in pretty good time. We had made it! We had reached all three peaks and seen some breathtaking scenery along the way. But wait, we just had to get back down again.
Finally back at the mini bus, we couldn’t quite believe we had made it. It didn’t quite feel real and that was probably down to exhaustion. It was one of the hardest challenges we had ever faced, the whole team really pushed themselves and the sense of achievement after Snowden was huge. We were so proud of ourselves individually and as a team, we worked brilliantly together and the fact that we have now raised just over £7,300 for the Spinal Injuries Association is the cherry on the cake.
Now we are looking forward to our celebratory event on 10 September at the Brighton Dome and we can’t wait to thank all of our sponsors and to donate the funds raised to the SIA.
There is still time to donate at https://www.justgiving.com/GSFWSolicitors/
Team from left to right, Linda Chapman, Emma Weir, Anne Dewdney, Vicky King, Nick Evans, Gavin Farley and Adrian Bell