Three peaks trek for Steve

A KIMBERLEY man is doing the Three Peak Challenge in less than 24 hours for charity.

Steve Johnson will climb Ben Nevis, Mount Snowden and Scarfell Pike to raise money for the Nottinghamshire Hospice.

“My wife is a committee nurse and they do a lot of work with the hospice,” he said.

“She tells me a lot about it and it’s a fantastic institute so I wanted to support them.”

The 24 hour challenge includes travelling time, which is estimated at 10 hours, leaving just 14 hours to complete the three treks to the top of each peak.

In the past Mr Johnson, who lives in Eastwood Road, has done the Robin Hood half marathon twice, and also took part in London’s Moonwalk event – a 26 mile walk through central London during the night wearing bras which raises cash to aid the fight against breast cancer.

“It gives me something to keep in shape for and I like doing different things,” he said.

“And if someone can benefit out of my stupidity then all the better!”

The 35-year-old is currently training five times a week for the challenge.

“I keep myself in shape but this is all about the legs,” he added.

“I’m doing a lot of walking, a lot of running and a lot of cycling.”

The keen hiker climbed Derbyshire’s highest mountain, Kinder Scout, twice in five hours in preparation, and plans to go back and do it three times before his big challenge.

“I can’t really simulate the three peaks so I just did what I could,” he said.

Mr Johnson will be hiking with three pals, who are splitting the money they raise between the hospice and Cancer Research UK.

To sponsor him visit justgiving.com/stevejohnson3peaks.

Ben Nevis is in Scotland and is 1,300ft high, Snowden is in Wales and is 1,100ft high and England’s Scarfell Pike is 1,000ft.

For more information visit thethreepeakschallenge.co.uk.