NLL workers on top of the world

Graeme Shaw and Jennifer Thomson lead the way as the interpid team from NL Leisure tackle the Mount Snowdon leg of the Three Peaks Challenge.
Graeme Shaw and Jennifer Thomson lead the way as the interpid team from NL Leisure tackle the Mount Snowdon leg of the Three Peaks Challenge.

Eight climbers hit the heights in aid of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Yorkhill) as they completed the Three Peaks Challenge.

The group of NL Leisure Active Schools workers from across North Lanarkshire set off from Scotland at 5am earlier this month in order to tackle Mount Snowdon in North Wales.

They completed the hike in three and a half hours before travelling more than five hours to Scafell Pike in Cumbria.

The NL Leisure crew then embarked on a three hour climb at 7pm and reached the summit in time to see a beautiful Lake District sunset.

After their descent the Active Schools team had to travel six hours overnight in order to complete their final leg – battling the elements on Ben Nevis.

Active Schools coordinator at NL Leisure, Craig Collin, said: “The Three Peaks Challenge was much more difficult than I realised it ever would be due to the travelling and lack of sleep.

“The first two mountains were challenging physically, but the gale force wind and driving rain at the top of Ben Nevis almost finished me off – I don’t think I have ever been so wet and cold.”

The valiant party who joined Craig included Motherwell duo Graeme Shaw of Dalziel High and Jennifer Thomson of Our Lady’s High, as well as Richard Harris of St Maurice’s High in Cumbernauld, Michael McChord of the Coatbridge combined cluster, Joanne Cuthbertson of Wishaw High, Jordann Cunningham of Calderhead High and outdoor development officer David Wilkinson.

Donations for the climb can still be made by visiting {http://www.justgiving.com\TeamActiveSchools3PeakChlenge|Just Giving|JG}