Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson leads team to top three finish!
Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson has led a team of fund-raisers on a gruelling challenge to climb the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours.
The expedition saw 11 members of the club’s footballing, administrative and community staff scale Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.
Their efforts have raised more than £8,500 for the Foxes Foundation One In A Million appeal championed by club ambassador Alan Birchenall so far, with more donations coming in.
Club physio Dave Rennie, 45, of Loughborough, said: “It’s the first time I’ve done any mountain walking on this scale.
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“Normally I’m lucky if I can make it to the shops.
“It was really tough going, with temperatures pushing 30C and a group of individuals with a wide range of ability – but we made it as a team.
“Nigel was great. There were times when some of us needed a bit of encouragement and, being the person he is, he was there to urge us on.
“He had a smile on his face all the way through and whenever we got to a stream or lake he was trying to get us all to go for a swim. It was a great achievement for us all.”
The team began their ascent of Ben Nevis, in the Scottish Highlands, on Saturday evening, completing the 1,344m climb to its snow-capped peak before driving through the night to reach Scafell Pike, in the Lake District.
An early-morning start on the 978 metres of England’s highest peak was followed by drive to Snowdon, in north Wales.
The summit, at 1,085 metres, was reached on Sunday evening.
Jason Smith, 40, of Leicester, who works in the club’s sales department, was one of the few in the team with any climbing experience.
“I’ve done the three-peaks challenge before with fitter teams but this was the best experience I’ve had,” he said.
“We started out as individuals but finished as a team. The feeling when we reached the top of Snowdon was one of elation.”
The Birch, whose 40 years of fund-raising for charity is close to breaking the £1 million barrier, could not take part but was full of praise for Nigel and the team.
“It’s a fantastic effort from everyone involved,” he said.
“To climb one mountain is an achievement in itself, but for a group of people of different abilities to climb three in succession is an incredible effort.
“We must be getting close to that £1 million mark.
“It has been an amazing year of events and everyone at the club has played their part.
“I’ve always been proud of our club, but now more than ever.”
All proceeds from the campaign will be divided among 10 Leicester charities, including Loros, the Air Ambulance, Wishes 4 Kids and the Harley Staples Cancer Trust. To make a donation, text LCFC33 £1 (or £2, etc) to 70070.
Donations can also be made at: www.justgiving.com/peakschallenge