Cardinal Newman teacher raised £3000 walking the Wainwrights in eight weeks

Posted on - 1st September, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, People
Ullswater from Hallin Fell.
Oliver during his challenge at Ullswater from Hallin Fell. Pic: Oliver Gray

A maths teacher from Cardinal Newman College has raised nearly £3000 walking the Wainwrights in the Lake District.


The challenge normally takes years to complete but Oliver Gray has decided to complete all 214 peaks in just 8 weeks.

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Oliver said: “I am a maths teacher at Cardinal Newman College in Preston, and have been walking nearly 450miles around these 214 peaks in my summer holidays, to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity, after my mother was diagnosed with a Meningioma brain tumour about 16 weeks ago, she is being cared for at Royal Preston Hospital.

Oliver Gray Walking the Wainwrights
Walking the Wainwrights. Pic Oliver Gray

“I have been a British age group champion on the indoor rowing machine for two years running and have enjoyed the experience of completing this challenge.”

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The challenge gained its name after all 214 peaks were included in A. Wainwright’s (Alfred Wainwright’s) seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, leading walkers to try and walk all 214 calling it the Wainwright Challenge.

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All the fells lie in the boundary of the Lake District with all but one, Castle Crag, being over over 1,000 feet in height, with the highest peak, Scafell Pike at 3,209 ft.

Oliver has also been documenting his challenge for people to follow on his YouTube channel and Instagram page.

You can donate to Oliver’s fundraiser on his JustGiving page.

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