Team battles weather in peaks challenge

Terry Hayward completing the Three Peaks Challenge for charity The Railway Children
Terry Hayward completing the Three Peaks Challenge for charity The Railway Children
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TERRIBLE weather meant a Bourne man’s Three Peaks Challenge for charity ended up being a two-and-a-half peak challenge.

On Thurday and Friday last week, Terry Hayward, 38, of Willoughby Road, Bourne, and a team of four friends and colleagues from Northgate Arinso, in Peterborough, made it up Snowdon and Ben Nevis.

However, atrocious weather at Scafell Pike in the Lake District meant that all teams were recalled from the mountain by organisers during the climb.

Scafell Pike was hit with a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours, causing normally trickling streams to become impassable torrents.

The walkers were also battered by high winds, which brought a tree down across the railway lines between Barrow and Ravenglass delaying the train transporting the teams across the country.

Terry and the team undertook the challenge to raise money for charity The Railway Children, which supports homeless children in the UK and worldwide.

Despite the setbacks Terry said: “I have come away from the event with a groin strain after slipping on some rocks at Snowdon, countless midge bites from Ben Nevis, but most of all an immense feeling of pride at taking part.

“It was a great event, all the teams had a good time and there was an immense feeling of camaraderie as we all battled the elements together.

“Above all it has raised an enormous amount of money to support homeless children.”

The team raised more than £2,000 for the Railway Children and the whole event raised more than £170,000.

People can still donate for up to six weeks after the event by clicking on