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ADVENTURE seekers from Linlithgow have helped raise over £20,000 to help children suffering from tumours.

Intrepid team of four Nick Laver (48), Robin McAdam (45), Alan Anderson (46) and John Mackenzie (42) took on the gruelling Tri-Peak Challenge last month which involves summiting and cycling between three Scottish ski resorts, Glenshee, the Lecht and Cairngorm, over two days. The distances covered include 10,800ft of ascent spread over the three peaks, and 85 miles of cycling to reach each mountain.

Nick, who stays at Clarendon, said: “The weather was awful, with rain, sleet and storm-force winds on Cairngorm on day two. Our Linlithgow team were the only one to get their bikes to the summit of each peak. It was a massive physical challenge and a real test of endurance and teamwork.”

The local lads joined teams from Ski Independence, Osprey Holidays and PowderBeds helping to raise around £22,000 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, which will help the Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital buy a CUSA machine for the treatment of tumours.

This isn’t the first charity venture for the team, who have individually completed the Caledonian Challenge, long distance sponsored cycles and walks, and MonsterSki events, but it was one of the hardest, and required months of training to get them to the peak of their fitness.

Nick added: “It was a huge challenge for us, despite training hard for over six months for it, especially with taking the bikes to each summit too. Day one was brutal doing nine hours. Day two was better at eight hours, but the weather was awful. However, reaching the summit of Cairngorm in 60mph winds and then descending 3000ft down to Loch Morlich on bikes to finish was amazing.”

The team thanked all their sponsors for their contributions, especially Linlithgow Round Table and Falkirk Round Table. If anyone would like to make a donation go to www.justgiving.com/tri-peak-challenge