A team made up of staff and family members from local solicitors Fylde Law, recently attempted the Three Peaks Challenge, the aim being to climb the three peaks of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden in 24 hours and in doing so raise money for their chosen Charity - Action Medical Research for Children. Comprising of Director, Kevin Looby and his two sons Brendon and Owen, Cath Johnson, a Solicitor and Practice Manager, Sebastian Sinclair, a Solicitor in the Civil Litigation Department and John Blott also a Solicitor in the Civil Litigation Department, they set off from Lytham in good spirits full of anticipation for what lay ahead. Designated driver John Blott, who is a former Police Traffic Patrol Officer and Advanced Class One Driver, drove the minibus to Scotland. It was a perfect sunny morning when the team started the ascent of Ben Nevis at 4.30am. Unfortunately, team member Cath Johnson developed asthma and took several hours to come off the mountain, not returning until 12 noon, causing the team to be several hours behind schedule and raise the possibility that they might not make the cut off time for the ascent of Scafell Pike at 6.00pm that evening.
The team then drove the 6 hours down to Scafell Pike where they were met by Paul Wilkinson and his six year old son, Sol Wilkinson, who joined them for the climb of Scafell Pike which they just made at 6 o'clock. The team set a blistering pace to reach the top of Scafell Pike in just over 2 hours, before descending like demons to come down again in the same time; giving themselves a fighting chance of making the cut off time for the climb of Mount Snowden. It was then over to John Blott to drive them swiftly through the night to North Wales, where the team commenced their ascent of Mount Snowden at a very cold and dark 4am.
The entire adventure of some 450 miles of driving, 26 miles of walking including 2,957 m of ascent was completed in just 27 hours and raised £2,000 in total, the team celebrating their achievement by eating a wonderful and hearty breakfast in Wales to round off what had been a memorable weekend.