GMS Operations Director Ben Neate and National Contract Manager Matt Prokopowicz completed the national 3 peaks challenge in 23 hours 50 mins and 42 seconds on Saturday 18th August.
The team decided to take on the challenge as part of GMS’s 20 year celebrations in supporting 20 charities throughout 2018.
The Operations team decided to ‘do their bit’ and chose the National Autistic Society to fundraise for as one of the team has a child with autism so it is a charity close to their hearts. Security officer Colin Hollyoak made up the trio from GMS by driving Ben & Matt across the UK from peak to peak.
Setting off at 5am on Saturday morning Ben Nevis was the first of the three peaks. Ex-marine Matt reached the summit in just 2 ½ hours, just 1 hour behind the fastest time ever recorded. Scarfell Pike was the next summit to be conquered, with the guys completing the round trip in just over 3 hours. They finally arrived at Snowdon at 2.30 am and despite torrential rain thick fog they completed the entire challenge just under 24 hours with 9 minutes to go.
The challenge has raised £1,100 so far with more money still coming in. Ben commented “it was a gruelling challenge but we’re delighted to have completed it and raised a fantastic amount for the National Autistic Society”.
Other charities we’ve supported so far this year include Midlands Air Ambulance, Zoe’s Place Hospice, Help for Heroes and Guide Dogs for the Blind where we have sponsored guide dog pup Oscar.