A massive round of applause please for the NetWatch team who have successfully completed the National Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Shelter, raising £1,750 so far!
The trip to Scotland to start the challenge started as smoothly as one could expect, given the months of planning and hours of research poured in by the organisers, Helen and Rich. No sooner than the team had left NetWatch HQ, they were forced to pull over at Junction 9 of the M6 with a flat tyre!
Fast forward 20 hours and at 6.15AM on the 11th May, the NetWatch team set off up Ben Nevis in order to begin the most demanding 24 hours of their lives. After scaling Ben Nevis well ahead of schedule the team then made the short trip to Scafell Pike in the Lake District.
The team then powered through the tallest mountain in England, and were met back at the vans by what one member of the team, Josh ‘The Mountain Goat’ Bonser, described as the best meal of his life – Tesco Value tortellini and Dolmio pasta sauce.
Special thanks here is given to our excellent drivers, Mark, Stuart and Simon, who not only provided the team with bountiful meals throughout the Challenge, but expertly navigated the long and winding roads of Scotland, the Lake District and Snowdonia in order to give team NetWatch safe passage to the final mountain of the Challenge, Snowdon.
After a few hiccups along the way – including one unnamed member of the team’s “Watch as I make my dinner reappear” magic trick – the team finally arrived at the foot of Snowdon at 02:30, 15 minutes behind schedule.
Through sheer grit, courage and determination the team managed to pull it together, with our very own Mountain Goat and Tristan Prince leading the line with a finish of 05:55, twenty minutes inside the 24 hour deadline!
The rest of the team were not far behind, and more special thanks is reserved for Jez Ward of our sister company ‘The Surveillance Group’, who despite being the most able mountaineer out of the group, brought up the rear to ensure no team member was left behind in the race to the finish!
All in all, the Challenge was a fantastic experience for all involved, and the team will surely go down in NetWatch history, so here’s to Helen Giles, Richard Vaughan, David Purcell, Tristan Prince, Joshua Bonser, Filipa Macedo, Jez Ward, Lewis Porter, Mark Wakeman, Stuart Vaughan and Simon Watson.
Dawn on route down Snowdon