Leisure Centre staff raise £3,000 for charity in Three Peaks ChallengeBy Laura Herbert
September 24, 2012
Staff and members from three Wokingham leisure centres took part in the Three Peaks Challenge.
Twenty-six hikers from St Crispin’s, Carnival Pool and Loddon Valley leisure centres set off on the challenge, raising £3,000 for WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport.
Fifteen adventurers climbed all three of the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales, and three of the 15 managed to complete the challenge within 24 hours.
Doug Brickenden, business manager at St Crispin’s Leisure Centre, in London Road, said: “It was a challenge to say the least. We endured some terrible weather on the peak of Ben Nevis, with horizontal rain and 80mph winds, which made the descent in the dark extremely difficult.
“Luckily the clouds let up as we descended Scafell Pike and we were treated to some fantastic weather as we made our final climb up Snowdon.
“It was an experience of a lifetime and I’m extremely proud of everyone who took part and completed the challenge, we all did an amazing job and managed to surpass our £2,000 target. Well done guys.”
Tony Penge, contract manager across the leisure centres, added: “We’re so proud of everyone who took part in the challenge. We had no doubt they would achieve their £2,000 target. It was a gruelling 24 hours for everyone, but we had every confidence that the teams would complete the challenge.”