Duo cycle 450 miles and hike Britain’s three peaks for causes ‘close to their heart’

PUBLISHED: 18:00 23 September 2018

James and Sofia on their Three Peaks Charity Challenge.

James and Sofia on their Three Peaks Charity Challenge.

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A cycling duo tackled Great Britain’s three tallest mountains in the Three Peak Charity Challenge to raise more than £1,000.

James and Sofia on their Three Peaks Charity Challenge.James and Sofia on their Three Peaks Charity Challenge.

Clevedonian James Wadsworth and Bristolian companion Sofia Deambrosi decided to not only walk the 23 miles of mountainous path but also cycle 450 miles between the three mountains.

The Three Peaks Challenge has seen hundreds of people attempt to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours but this expedition was an even more difficult undertaking.

They had to carry everything they needed on their bikes and attempted to complete the route in under three days.

The intrepid duo set out to climb Ben Nevis at 6am on August 26. They said: “With the summer now fading the climb was a long, damp slog with a sub-zero wind chill at the summit.

James and Sofia on their Three Peaks Charity Challenge.James and Sofia on their Three Peaks Charity Challenge.

“However good time was made and the cycle was begun at 10.30am.

“Loaded up with the walking gear and food, the bikes were sluggish and really energy- sapping to get up the hills. Morale dipped in the persistent rain and wind through to Loch Lomond.”

James and Sofia cycled through the night on traffic-free roads and they reached Carlise by Monday.

They said: “The insanity of trying to do this in three days was still looking achievable.”

They then tackled the steep gradients of the Lake District before scaling Scafell Pike.

A short sleep refreshed the duo who set off at midnight to tackle the remaining 190 miles.

James and Sofia struggled through Hardknott Pass with steep climbs on tired legs, saying it was ‘agony’ to sit gently on the saddle but they refused to give up as they started to climb Snowdon.

They reached the summit at 10pm and rushed back down to complete the challenge at 12.01am on Wednesday morning.

The whole challenge took 66 hours and two minutes to complete and the pair cycled 450 miles and slept for just six hours.

They said: “The relief and satisfaction was out of this world. “The whole experience just shows what is possible if you try.

“One thing which helped was the knowledge of the good the sponsorship for this ride would do for Kidney Research UK and City of Bristol Rowing Club. Both charities are close to our hearts.”

Visit uk.virginmoneygiving.co/Team/JamesSofia3peaks to donate.

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