Couple scale the heights for charity

Success: Andy and Rita Ward  feeling on top of the world.
Success: Andy and Rita Ward feeling on top of the world.
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THREE Peaks led to three cheers for Sheffield Markets manger Andy Ward and his wife Rita.

That’s because the couple managed to scale the heights of Britain’s three highest mountains in less than a day to raise £1,200.

The couple were part of a team of nine who completed the arduous task in 23-and-a-half hours - 11 hours 15 minutes walking and the rest driving between the mountains.

Andy, who trained for the event by scaling the Castle Market steps, and Rita said it was the hardest physical challenge they had ever undertaken.

Andy said: “We were at Ben Nevis in Scotland at 4.45pm and that wasn’t too bad.

“With fresh legs the walk was completed in four hours 15 minutes, spoiled only by blanket cloud cover and light rain at the summit, which was still snow covered in places.

“The team arrived at Scafell Pike in the Lake District at 3.45am the following morning.

“The weather was horrendous, with heavy rain and biting wind almost from the off and that came after zero sleep.

“We managed to do it in three hours 15 minutes, but all of us, no matter how good the protective clothing we had, were soaked to the skin and very cold by the time we reached the refuge of the bus.

“We all got changed into dry clothing in the bus on the journey to North Wales ready for Snowdon.

“We completed this as a team in three hours 45 minutes in reasonably good weather, apart from the inevitable summit cloud cover and the added hindrance of hundreds of ill-prepared Snowdon Mountain Railway tourists.”