Mike Shattock scales the Yorkshire Three Peaks

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A CHARITY fundraiser scaled the Yorkshire Three Peaks on Saturday with a group of friends.

Mike Shattock, 41, of Truesdale Gardens, Langtoft, climbed Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, as part of a group of about 30 people.

His 16-year-old son Harry, a pupil at The Deepings School, also took part in the 12-hour challenge.

It was part of a series of challenges, which Mike is calling the Yellow Beetle Challenge, in aid of the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney.

The hospital is caring for Mike’s wife Sam, 42, who suffered brain damage after a cardiac arrest in January 2010, and Mike hopes to raise £10,000 from the challenge.

Mike said everyone, except one person, completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks in times ranging from seven hours 45 minutes to 11 hours and 59 minutes.

He said: “It was really hard going because the weather was terrible, particularly up the first peak. It was cold, wet and windy.

“This is the second time I’ve done it and I think it is much worse than the National Three Peaks because you don’t get a break in between each climb.”

Mike completed the climb in 11 hours 40 minutes because he encouraged the people at the back to carry on.

He said: “I played a bit of a ‘Mr Motivator’ role but we all had a really nice barbecue at the end to celebrate and a few drinks.”

He thanked Grasmere Farms, which provided the meat for the barbecue.

Mike said he was particularly proud of his son Harry, who now also wants to join in with a climb up Mount Snowdon later in the year.

Mike is also preparing for a through-the-night bike ride between east London and the Suffolk coast called the Dulwich Dynamo, which is in July.

Mike also collected a £1,000 cheque from The Deepings School, which Mike’s daughter Zoey, 14, also attends.

Sam also worked at the school before she was taken ill and her former colleagues organised the non-uniform day in aid of the charity.

So far, Mike has raised about £7,000, including gift aid.

Find out more or sponsor him by visiting www.yellowbeetlechallenge.co.uk.