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Dad hikes 3,064 metres to raise money for his son's school




Adventurous Oliver Kenyon spent the weekend conquering the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales.

Oliver Kenyon holds up his son’s school jumper at the summit of Ben Nevis.
Oliver Kenyon holds up his son’s school jumper at the summit of Ben Nevis.

The 36-year old and his friend Craig Charnley climbed Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in Cumbria and Mount Snowdon in Wales to raise £700 for Bressingham Primary School, where his son Freddy, seven, is a pupil.

“It was challenging but rewarding. We didn’t sleep for 37 hours,” said Mr Kenyon, of High Road, Roydon.

The first hike up Ben Nevis went smoothly. The keen walker and lover of the countryside described the mountain as “the most enjoyable, with a stunning view”.

Scafell Pike, however, proved to be a bigger challenge.

“We climbed in the dark and ended up getting lost,” he said. “We went three miles over rough terrain before we found the way back. It was extremely difficult because we were surrounded by clouds, which had engulfed the top section of the mountain.”

At 3.35am, they reached the summit and headed back down, running parts of the distance to make up for lost time.

Eventually, they managed to complete the Three Peaks Challenge in 23 hours and four minutes.

They hiked 3,064 metres, walked for almost 12 hours and drove 1,275 miles by car.

“I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored me, Craig for his encouragement and for joining me on this challenge, and my dad for being our driver. We couldn’t have done it without him,” added Mr Kenyon.

To show their support, Bressingham Primary school created its own three peaks challenge, where children had to undertake various activities and challenges.

The mini Three Peaks Challenge at Bressingham Primary school.
The mini Three Peaks Challenge at Bressingham Primary school.

“It was wonderful news to hear that Oliver was undertaking the challenge and so very thoughtful of him to support the school in this way,” said Year 2 teacher Joanna Lewis. “We are incredibly grateful.”



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