24 hours | 3 Countries | 462 miles driven | 23 miles walked | 3064 metres ascended
The date: June 18th 2021 @ 21:00
The event: Red Hot Chilli Steppers’ 3 Peaks Challenge
The charity: Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
The clock was ticking…
The team had 24 hours and a huge mountain – or 3 – to climb!
They had just spent a gruelling 7 hours 40 minutes travelling to the first spot – Ben Nevis, fortunately this time wasn’t included in the 24 hour challenge – unfortunately this meant the team had already been awake for this time. Travelling between the peaks in 3 vehicles, each taking their turn behind the wheel, the team maintained contact and kept sprits up using Snapchat filters and conference calling.
The group, consisting of 9 colleagues from Port Sunlight of varying ages, abilities and fitness levels, had chosen to take part in the challenge as an engagement and team building activity. They chose to also raise money for the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Taking part in the challenge were;
Liam Gafoor; Duane Sales; Paul Pinto; Lisa Spoor; Sebastian Topolnicki; Adam Sutton; Artur Kowalewski; Nathan Selby and Zbigniew Krzywanski.
If we don’t beat it, we eat it!
As if the task itself didn’t bring with it enough jeopardy for the intrepid adventurers, the team had agreed that the forfeit for failing to complete the challenge would be that they all had to consume a Carolina Reaper Chilli, one of the hottest chillies on the Scoville scale.
The event wasn’t without it’s challenges, with team member Duane showing his Olympic prowess in gymnastics, doing the splits half way down Ben Nevis after slipping on a stone!
Tackling terrible terrains across the 3 peaks was one of the most difficult parts of the trial as was dealing with temperatures around -2 degrees (but feeling like -15) at the summit of Ben Nevis – gruelling, but worth it in the end.
The group pulled together to complete the challenge in 23 hours and 40 minutes, meaning that fortunately the Carolina Reaper chillies (and the team’s taste buds) were left in one piece.
Raising funds, building bonds.
Initially organised as a team building and engagement activity, the event also raised much needed funds for Alder Hey Children’s Charity. The total currently stands at over £1000, the link is still open and all donations are welcome;
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