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Three Peaks Challenge achievement for Lowestoft men

PUBLISHED: 11:15 04 August 2017

Conquerers of the Three Peaks Challenge. From left to right: Alex Smith, Chris Burt, Alex Scupham. Photo: Alex Scupham

Conquerers of the Three Peaks Challenge. From left to right: Alex Smith, Chris Burt, Alex Scupham. Photo: Alex Scupham

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A Lowestoft trio have conquered the Three Peaks Challenge, raising money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) along the way.

Breathtaking views were never far away during the challenge. Photo: Alex SmithBreathtaking views were never far away during the challenge. Photo: Alex Smith

Alex Smith and Alex Scupham, both 24, and Chris Burt, 25, scaled Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales respectively.

Having undertaken the gruelling challenge from July 14 to 15, the friends completed the hike in just under 26 hours, including 12 hours driving time.

“After Scafell, we realised we were going to be happy to simply complete the three peaks, despite aiming for 24 hours,” said Mr Smith.

There was typically poor visibility near the peak of Snowdon. Photo: Alex SmithThere was typically poor visibility near the peak of Snowdon. Photo: Alex Smith

“It’s more of a mental thing than physical because you’re constantly thinking about how much further you have to go.

“We always wanted to raise money for a local charity and EACH is a great cause.”

The group’s effort raised £910 for EACH and they are already looking ahead to their next sub-24 hour attempt.

The challenge was complete in under 26 hours, which included driving time. Photo: Alex SmithThe challenge was complete in under 26 hours, which included driving time. Photo: Alex Smith

Money was being raised for East Anglia's Children's Hospices. Photo: Alex SmithMoney was being raised for East Anglia's Children's Hospices. Photo: Alex Smith

The trio encountered tricky conditions throughout their climbs up Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.  Photo: Alex ScuphamThe trio encountered tricky conditions throughout their climbs up Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon. Photo: Alex Scupham

The group were quite literally up in the clouds. Photo: Alex SmithThe group were quite literally up in the clouds. Photo: Alex Smith

The view from near the top of one of the peaks. Photo: Alex SmithThe view from near the top of one of the peaks. Photo: Alex Smith

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