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Taking on the Welsh three peaks challenge

Kate took on the Welsh ‘three peaks challenge’ in memory of her grandad.

Anyone who has been to Wales will know that, much like lung disease, the weather in these parts can be rather unpredictable.

So last month – supposedly summer – having trekked up to North Wales, I found myself at 5am stood at the foot of Mount Snowdon amid thunder, lightning and hail for good measure.

Snowdon, along with Cadair Idris and Pen y Fan, is part of the Welsh three peaks challenge. The challenge was to trek up and down each of them in 15 hours.

Earlier this year we sadly lost my grandad, John, to COPD. So I really wanted to complete this challenge in his memory, as well as to support the fight against lung disease in Wales. Seeing my grandad battle with lung disease was heart-breaking for our family. I hope the money I’ve raised will make sure other people don’t have to go through what he did.

The challenge began at Snowdon for me and my fellow climbers, before heading down through Gwynedd to Cadair Idris, and finally on to Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons. In that early morning hail, thunder and lightning - I really didn’t want to hang around, so I raced to the top, some 3,560 feet above sea level.

Having made good time (the weather rendering the spectacular views undoubtedly less spectacular), we moved on to Cadair Idris near the town of Dolgellau.

Finally, it was down to the Brecon Beacons National Park and its summit, Pen y Fan – where the sun managed to come out!  

The day was an amazing experience. It proved a very tough challenge, but what kept me going was the cause I was fighting for. COPD takes a huge toll on people from the south Wales valleys, which has some of the highest rates of the disease in Europe.

I’m so happy to have raised money to support the BLF and have no doubt I’ll take on more challenges to fight lung disease in the future. It causes over 1,600 deaths throughout Wales every year and around 186,000 people in Wales have the condition.

My grandad would have been so proud. I raised over £1000 and managed to beat the three peaks in 12 hours and 46 minutes.

You can help support my challenge in memory of my grandad by donating to my fundraising page.

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14 July 2014