Phil Burgan, Chairman & CEO of Maria Mallaband Care Group, set off on Saturday 28th March to climb the national 3 peaks – Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in The Lake District and Snowdon in Wales, in 24 Hours.
Phil did the same challenge 44 years ago when he was 19, despite his £50 mini breaking down 3 times on the M6 with water in the electrics! It was a bit tougher this time, but he did it to raise funds for The Prince’s Trust, a charity that is close to his heart. Phil regularly raises money for this great cause and previously did the gruelling Peking to Paris Car Rally in 2013. The Prince’s Trust is a remarkable charity that helps young people, often with no hope or future, to find themselves and get out of the pile.
Phil arrived at around 12.30 Saturday afternoon to be met by James Ketchell and his father John, who opted to be the driver between climbs. James is a renowned adventurer who climbed Everest, rowed across the Atlantic and cycled across the USA. The reason that they could not do this challenge in the summer was that James is rowing across the Indian Ocean and Phil has a full season of motor racing in the British GT Cup championship and the World Series Maserati Championship.
The challenge began with the first of the National 3 Peaks being Ben Nevis, at 4500 feet; it is the highest mountain in the UK. Conditions were treacherous with high winds and heavy rain/snow, so cold that their clothing was frozen on the outside and even their eyelashes had frozen. The winds reached 60-70 mph, with the last 1000 feet incurring calf high snow and sheet ice. It was a whiteout on what had become a glacier, having to navigate by GPS to get to the summit, they managed to get back down to the bottom by 19.00.
Scafell Pike, in the Lake District is the highest mountain in England at 3200 feet and was the second climb of the challenge. Having commenced at 00:15 on Sunday and completing this in the dark with just head torches for company, this took four hours to achieve. After a short rest whilst travelling, they reached the foot of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales at 3500 feet. They started the ascent by 09:15.a.m. and even with a wrong route, they still managed to complete this major feat with minutes to spare within the 24 hours.
Phil would like to personally thank James and John. This achievement would not have been possible without James’ organisation (he rehearsed the climbs the weekend before!), commitment and navigational skills. John drove like a demon and made sure they reduced the travel time to a minimum.
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