Brothers Ryan and Liam Banks have recently completed the National Three Peaks to raise over £5,000 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation in memory of their beloved grandad.Advertisement
Not only did the duo make all three ascents starting with Mount Snowdon followed by Scafell Pike and then finally Ben Nevis, they also cycled the distance in between.
It took the pair just 67 hours in total to complete the challenge despite some unexpectedly bad weather conditions.
While the rest of the country basked in sunshine, it was snowing at the top of Ben Nevis according to 26-year-old Ryan.
Rain, wind and low cloud, which made for poor visibility, also greeted the brothers as they summited Scafell Pike.
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Ryan said: “The conditions were trickier than we thought they would be because of the weather. There was snow at the top of Ben Nevis.
“We began that climb at 7.30 pm, reached the top at 10 pm but it took us until 1.30am to get back down because even with torches, you could only see a couple of metres in front of you.
“Scafell Pike was tricky too because of poor visibility. We also started our climb of Mount Snowdon in the dark, reaching the summit at sunrise, which was stunning.
“All in all, we only had about eight hours sleep the whole challenge but we finished within the designated time with five hours to spare.”
Shadowing Ryan and 18-year-old Liam, who lives in Eccleston with parents Steven and Tracey Banks, for the entire time was friend Jordan Banks in a support van.
Ryan said: “We’d like to thank Jordan. It was a good job he was there as my bike broke on the way to Ben Nevis and so I had to use the replacement from the van. We’d also like to thank our sponsors and everyone who donated via our online fundraising page.”
Ryan and Liam, who lost their grandad Jim ‘Jimbo’ Wright to cancer last October, were sponsored by Mathew Marsden Furniture of Eccleston, Eccleston Plastering Services, Lancashire Fabrications and NWI Contracting.
Their sponsorship helped to pay for cycling tops, the van and accommodation.
All in all, Ryan and Liam cycled 441 miles and walked 28.5 miles with a total ascent of 3,064 metres to smash their initial fundraising target of £2,000.
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