Marks and Spencer director set for Five Peak Challenge with a difference

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A team from Marks and Spencer are taking part in a Five Peaks Challenge with a difference to raise money for charity.

Director of the retail giant Scott Fyfe will join 17 other M&S staff in an attempt to complete the Five Peaks Challenge and also cycle the 1,000 miles distance between the climbs.

It is believed this mammoth task has never been done before but the team hope to have it completed in just seven days.

Beginning in Killarney, County Kerry on 7th June the team’s first ascent will be Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest peak at 1038m.

 

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Scott (right) and Ronan Keating, the founder of the Marie Keating Foundation which the team is raising money for

 

 

From there they will cycle to, and scale, Slieve Donard, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.

The travel between peaks will see the team average 123 miles cycling per day and ascend 17,000 feet whilst riding, the equivalent height of Everest’s half way point.

Mr Fyfe said: “As far as I know, this challenge has never before been completed, so there’s certainly some nervous excitement.

“The distance we have to cover each day, both on bike and while trekking, is gruelling and will mean very early starts and late finishes.

“To put it into perspective, Tour de France athletes average 99 miles cycling a day, we will be averaging 123 miles on top of the treks up each peak!”

Money raised will go to Prostate Cancer UK and the Marie Keating Foundation.

You can donate to Scott’s challenge by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/Scott-Fyfe/ or texting FPBH50 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070.

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