Happisburgh lifeboat crew tackles three peaks challenge

Happisburgh RNLI three peaks challenge - Ben Nevis

Happisburgh RNLI three peaks challenge - Ben Nevis - Credit: Archant

Lifeboat volunteers have climbed Britain's three highest mountains to raise funds for their rescue charity.

Happisburgh RNLI three peaks challengers at their lifeboat station

Happisburgh RNLI three peaks challengers at their lifeboat station - Credit: Archant

The crew reached the summits of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.

Happisburgh RNLI three peaks challenge - Scafell Pike

Happisburgh RNLI three peaks challenge - Scafell Pike - Credit: Archant

The challenge involved hiking a total of 25, scaling 3,407 metres and the trio of peaks were linked by 1,338 miles of driving.

Their trek took 23 hours and 14 minutes - inside their 24-hour target - and has raised £2,500 so far.

The challenge crew were Christian Larter, Jake Munday, Dave Cato, Will Baker, Danny Cordukes, Tim Grimmer and driver Justin Arnold.

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They drove to Scotland to tackle Ben Nevis first. At 7.50am the crew, with guide Billy Burnside, started the challenge in the rain and mist and completed it in 4hr 35min.

Will Baker said: 'The enjoyment of walking Ben Nevis was barely hindered by the foul weather and the poor visibility.

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'On the descent, the clouds cleared revealing an astonishing view of Fort William and behind it, Loch Linnhe.'

Christian Larter added: 'The sheer drops and picturesque waterfalls made it all worthwhile.'

The crew then headed to Scafell Pike in the Lake District. The climb started at 7.30pm with guide Jamie Annetts leading the way, and took 3hr 5min.

Danny Cordukes commented: 'This was my favourite climb as they timed it for a spectacular sunset, which will be an awesome memory.'

The final leg at Snowdon in Wales started at 3.05am in the night.

The guide was Tom Furey and the climb took 3hr 59 mins, with the team crossing the finish line at 7.04am.

Jake Munday said: 'The ascent of Snowdon was challenging using just the moonlight to illuminate the way to the peak.

'The summit was quiet and peaceful with panoramic views over vast areas of Wales.'

Dave Cato added that the moonlight climb was 'epic.'

Station spokesman Philip Smith said: 'This shows the dedication of our volunteers at Happisburgh, who have raised £7,500 from our Lifeboat day and the Three Peaks Challenge, all in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, to allow them to carry out their role of saving lives at sea.'

The Three Peaks Challenge was helped by minibus sponsors Trott's Rentals, Richardson's Boatyard and Nicholsons Stalham Engineering who covered the fuel costs and the Norfolk Yacht Agency which helped with the cost of the guides.

Other costs were footed by the volunteers themselves.

Donations can still be made online at justgiving.com/Happisburgh-lifeboat-station for the next month.

Or people can call in at the Lifeboat station, Cart Gap, Happisburgh on Tuesday evenings, Fridays between 9am-4pm and during training sessions on Sunday mornings.

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