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Updated: Aug 9, 2023

Last weekend, Katherine Speed took on the National Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Parkinson’s UK – after her mum was diagnosed with the condition in April 2022.

The National Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks of Scotland, England, and Wales, all within 24 hours. These are Snowdon in Wales (1,085m), Scafell Pike in the Lake District (England, 978m), and Scotland’s Ben Nevis (1,345m).

The total walking distance is 23 miles (37km), with an ascent of over 10,000 feet (3,064 metres), alongside 462 miles in the car to get to each mountain. The approximate timings are to spend thirteen hours hiking, with the other eleven hours in the car.

Despite tricky weather conditions, Katherine completed the challenge in a brilliant time of 22 hours and 57 minutes alongside her partner Jayk, and the pair were supported by close family and friends along the way.

She said: “I’m so pleased and proud to have completed this challenge for a really special cause. The support that we received from so many people was amazing, and really pushed us forward and inspired us throughout the challenge. We couldn’t have done it without that support, for which we are so grateful.”

Parkinson’s UK is a Parkinson’s research and support charity, who aim to improve the quality of life for people affected by the condition and to find a cure. Every donation helps to fund pioneering research to find a cure, personalised support services, and campaigns for fair benefits and high quality health and social care.

Everyone at Sunrisers is extremely proud of you Speedy! If you are able to donate to her cause, please follow this link.

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