10 peaks in half a day for hospice

Paul Griffiths and his dad, Peter, in the Lake District PNL-150308-112238001
Paul Griffiths and his dad, Peter, in the Lake District PNL-150308-112238001

Nine friends, including two former Berkhamsted School pupils, have raised nearly £5,000 for the Hospice of St Francis after scaling 10 of England’s highest mountains in less than half a day.

Paul Griffiths, aged 42, and eight school and uni chums completed the 26km Lake District 10-Peak Challenge in memory of Paul’s father, Peter.

Paul wanted to do something to support the hospice which cared for his dad during the last week of his life.

Paul, a marketing services consultant and father of two, said: “The Lakes were Dad’s favourite place and, ever since I was a child, our families have holidayed there.”

“Going back and doing something Dad loved to help the hospice provide the amazing care it gave us to other families, seemed very apposite.”

Paul spent four months preparing for the challenge, which he undertook with fellow former Berkhamsted School pupil Luke Silverton, aged 43, from Chipperfield.

Paul joined a gym, lifted weights and did long training walks with a fully loaded backpack to prepare him for carrying the four litres of water and other equipment he would need to get round.

IT project manager Luke said: “We all signed up because we thought, if Paul can do it, we certainly can. But we were surprised at how hard it was.”

Scaling the equivalent of more than 7,000ft over dramatic rocky crags, across open moorland and through bogs, the lads conquered Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag, Haystacks, Green Gable, Great Gable, Scafell Pike, Great End, Esk Pike and Bowfell in an impressive 11 hours, 15 minutes.

Paul said: “It was definitely one of the toughest things I’ve ever done physically and by the end I was running on empty but it felt like an amazing achievement.”

See www.justgiving.com/Paul-Griffiths-10-Peak-Challenge/