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Caxtons' staff undertake the Three Peaks Challenge.

In June, three intrepid members of staff from Caxtons Gravesend office set off on a journey, battling with the elements and their own inner voices. The task was to complete the Thee Peaks Challenge.

According to the official website, 'The National Three Peaks challenge is to climb the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours.' This involves climbing around ten thousand feet and walking almost 26 miles, not to mention travelling 460 miles between the peaks!

Well informed and suitably kitted out, Tony Martin, Mark Laherty and Richard Birch set off in high spirits, boarded a coach and headed for Wales.

Tony Martin said "Strangers soon became familiar faces, and as you would expect from a national challenge, people had travelled far & wide to take part in the event. The team mentality was very encouraging, with people swapping stories, sun-cream and Haribo on our way to Snowden."

The weather was kind to them on their first ascent and the spectacular views made up for the fact that the round trip from bottom to summit and back took six hours. They were feeling "pretty positive" about their next challenge at Scafell Pike in the Lake District.

Scafell proved the most psychologically challenging. Arriving around 10pm on Friday, their climb was through the night with no sunshine to warm wearying bones or illuminate stunning views. In the early hours of Saturday morning, deprived of sleep and having clambered through fields of boulders in the pitch dark some people hit 'the wall'. But not our boys, they carried on, reached the summit and made their way back to the coach and on to Scotland.

Ben Nevis, the largest mountain in the British Isles, beckoned them.

They arrived on Saturday afternoon, and despite the prospect of a further 8 hours walking through difficult terrain and snow they carried on in high spirits.

Tony said, "For me, Ben Nevis was the highlight of the challenge and reaching the summit felt like a huge achievement. We had made it."

Neil Chatterton, Caxtons' managing director said, "The team conquered three mountains in less than 36 hours. They raised over £2,000, which when added to their group total raised over £70,000 for Meningitis Now. The whole company is incredibly impressed by their determination to conquer this challenge and joins me in congratulating them.'

A show reel of their journey can be seen by following http://youtu.be/mUniqIXJnKo
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The intrepid three
Richard Birch, Tony Martin and Mark Laherty