Challengers take Norwich City promotion fever to the three peaks

Norwich City have already hit the heights in the world of football this season and now a Norwich company is taking the yellow and green of the Canaries to the three highest peaks in the UK.

Caspian Financial Services and Harvey James Associates, based on Vulcan Road North, are taking a Norwich City football and shirt with them on their Three Peaks Challenge.

They have 20 staff training hard for the challenge and are aiming to raise �5,000 for Cancer Research UK through their exploits.

The charity trek sees them climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales over three days at the end of next month, a total of over 11,000ft.

Managing partner of Caspian, Lloyd Nunn, explained that the plan is to get the Canaries ball and shirt autographed by the club's players and then sold off to boost their total.

He said: 'I think some of us are a little nervous and one or two have been looking at picture on the internet to see what to expect.

'There's a bit of trepidation at such a big challenge but we are all very keen to get to the top, and get back down to the bottom for a few drinks in Wales.'

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The challenge starts in Scotland on Friday, June 24 with over 4231ft, and both the longest walk and most height gained on the opening day.

The Saturday is the lowest of the three peaks at 3209ft and takes around six hours before a similar time but a shorter walk on the Sunday takes the group over the 11,000ft mark.

The team that is tackling the challenge range in age from 19 to 58 years old.

The nine ladies on the Caspian team are Anna Bartholomew, Alison Howard, Donna Rayner, Mary Bartholomew, Lindsay Frankel, Marcia Spray, Dena Al-dossary, Olivia Shaw and Sadie Aramendia.

And the 11 men completing the team are Lloyd Nunn, Jon Wilkinson, Kris Pearce, Andy Morter, Chris Faultly, Jamie McQueen, Geof Harrison, Lewis Jones, Steve Shaw, Tim Heath and Richard Merrett.

They have carried out their training together and Mr Nunn added that it has brought a real sense of collective joy in their offices.

He added: 'It's been the talk of the office, it's fantastic. We've got people back in the swimming pool who haven't been swimming for 15 years, a number of people who have stopped driving and started cycling to work and quite a few of the ladies have started doing Zumba classes.

'It's a bit difficult to train for the hill climbs here as well because it is so flat, so there has been a lot of incline work in the gym as well.'

You can donate to Caspian's charity collection at www.justgiving.com/ CaspianandHarveyJames

Are you planning an ambitious event for charity? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or email david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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