Mountain men step out for hospice funds

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Four Bo’ness men will be desperately in need of a lie-down following a mountain 
marathon in aid of Strathcarron Hospice .

Euan Grant (32), Derek Frank (31), Andrew Wilkinson (29) and Kevin Sommerville (33) will set off to scale mighty Ben Nevis at 6a.m. tomorrow (Saturday) and hope to top the biggest,baddest peak in the country – and get back down again – in just five hours.

But that’s just for starters, for the foursome will then jump into a car and drive to the Lake District to climb 
England’s topmost peak, Scafell Pike.

Then they will bundle back into the car and race to Wales where they will haul their 
weary bodies up Snowdon, the highest hill in Wales.

The 24-hour ‘‘Three Peaks’’ is a hugely-popular endurance challenge which attracts more and more people every year.

Said Euan: ‘‘We’ve definitely set ourselves a tougher challenge than last year when we did the West Highland Way in four days. It wasn’t easy in that timescale but we did it.

‘‘We’re all fairly fit but the Three Peaks in 24 hours is 
definitely upping the stakes this time round.

‘‘Our timings give us five hours for the Ben, four hours for Scafell Pike and, Snowdon, the easiest, also four hours, but in darkness. We’re also driving ourselves between the hills, so that’s an added challenge not having a support team.’’

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