Back in July a team of Forbes employee’s from both our Crimplesham head office and our Kelso manufacturing facility, took on the national 3 Peaks Challenge. This is a challenge which sees participants scale the 3 tallest peaks in the UK, Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike, and driving in between them, within 24 hours.
The event was a huge success, raising in excess of £ 5000.00, split between two charities, and with this comes a huge thanks to all customers, suppliers, friends, colleagues and family who very generously donated to enable us to raise such funds for these charities. The chosen charities were The YoungMinds Trust, in memory of a good friend and colleague Oliver Crockford, and the second being a charity local to our Kelso manufacturing facility, The Margaret Kerr Unit, at the Borders General Hospital.
The challenge itself was exceptionally tough, more so than the majority had imagined, despite many hours of training in the months leading up to the event. After completing the first two peaks, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike in good times, trekking up and down Scafell Pike through the night, all was left to play for as the team set foot on Snowdon. Unfortunately, the weather took a turn for the worst part way up Snowdon, with visibility reduced to little more than a couple of metres in front, and bitter cold winds that at times were strong enough to knock you off balance – Far from ideal when walking along narrow paths with sheer drops one side! As a result, after reaching the peak, the team resorted to returning down a safer but much longer route on Snowdon. This unfortunately meant the challenge was completed a little over an hour outside the target of 24 hours, however all heads were held very high, as little more could’ve been done given the conditions.
Choosing a date to complete the challenge in the midst of one of the hottest summers many of participants had ever experienced, sunburn and heat stroke was more the concern leading up to the weekend, however this couldn’t have been further from reality.
A huge thank you again to those of you who donated!