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Marlborough school staff pitch in by aiming for heights
1:00pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A Group of intrepid members of staff from St John’s School in Marlborough are tackling the Three Peak Challenge this weekend to raise money for its all-weather pitch appeal.
The challenge involves climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours.
Scaling the mountains will be Ben Cobbold, Charlie Paul, Fay Simpson, Harriet Clapton, Jonny Friend, Jamie Turnbull, Lorna Montague, Penny Dickinson, Phil Goodland, Rachel Popham and Sam Shields, with John Opie and Clive Stell driving.
The 13 members of staff are setting off from St John’s at the end of the school day tomorrow and will head straight to the highest peak in Britain – Ben Nevis.
They plan to arrive in the early hours of Saturday morning and are aiming to get up and down the 1,344 metre climb in four hours.
The group will then snatch some sleep while they are driven to Scafell Pike in the Lake District which they hope to have conquered by Saturday evening.
The last leg of the journey is the drive to Snowdon, which they are planning to climb through the night. They aim to complete it by 4am on Sunday.
Mr Cobbold, science teacher and deputy curriculum director, said: “We hope students, parents and our colleagues at St John’s will want to sponsor us. A lot of people who take on the Three Peaks Challenge do it over a weekend, but we’re hoping to complete it in under 24 hours.
“We’re hoping to have completed the third climb by 4am on Sunday and want to be back in Marlborough for lunch.”
All the team are being sponsored for the pitch appeal, except teacher Charlie Paul. He is also a governor at Pewsey Primary School and is raising money for its play equipment fund.
To sponsor the St John’s challengers visit https://www.justgiving.com/ Stjohns3peaks2013 Alternatively supporters can donate £5 or £10 by sending a text message to STJM99£5 or STJM99£10 to 70070.
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