This is where it all begins, a few months ago I was asked if I’d like to be part of a team that is going to attempt the National 3 Peaks Challenge. Of course, without hesitation I accepted the challenge!

True to form, I gave it little to no thought, before answering with a yes. Once committed my research began.

This is, the National 3 Peaks Challenge. We will be attempting to reach the summit of the highest mountains in Scotland, England, and Wales all within 24 hours. Ben Nevis, Scafel Pike, and Snowdon, respectively.

This is no mean feat that’s for sure, 10,000 feet of elevation, 500 road miles and around, hopefully, 14 hours of walking.

Although these mountains have been conquered by many many people, the challenges are more than just walking. With the unpredictable and ever changing weather also a huge factor.

Myself, my brother Matt and a group of other dads gathered through The Dad Network will be independently walking this challenge in early July. A complete group of strangers with two things in common. Being fathers and a sense of adventure. All differing fitness levels, all differing abilities. This, for sure, is going to be an experience!

With under a month left until we begin our assent, I have begun running hills to prepare for the hours of up hill walking. I am positive I’ll complete the challenge, but a little training never hurt anyone.

As part of this challenge, I am going to try and raise some money in aid of a cause that is very closed to our heart. The special Neonatal Unit which looked after our son Bobby in Tunbridge Wells, during his premature life. Bobby spent 47 days there fighting to grow into the little boy he is today. Born 9 weeks early, weighing 2lbs 5oz he really was a tiny human. Starting life in the specialist intensive care unit and slowly graduating to special care, and eventually home. I felt this would be a nice way of saying thank you, by giving something back. The money will be used to buy specialist equipment and supplies to help other tiny babies and their parents, so they to get the chance to grow into little legends!

Estimates state that around 60,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK each year, and many will be cared for by similar special care baby units just like Bobby.

This is going to be one of the toughest things I’ve done, and a real personal achievement! For now, my training continues and I will update you all with how the challenge is coming along.

If you would like to donate and help support my cause you can do so by clicking here.

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