A group 16 locals from the Emyvale/Glaslough are hard at work training for the UK
Three Peaks Challenge. The group aim to climb the highest mountains in the three
UK countries in 24 hours to raise much needed funds for SOSAD, an independent mental
health charity and to raise awareness of mental health issues in Ireland.
On the 19th May the group will take flight to Glasgow. After picking up their hired
minibuses they will make our way to Scotland's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. The aim
of the challenge is to climb the highest mountain from each of the three UK countries
in 24 hours. Once we set foot on Ben Nevis the clock will start and from there we
will proceed to Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales.
The locals participating in the challenge are Seán Ryan Mc Caffrey, Trevor Keith,
James McAlister, Orla McQuaid, Ross McKenna, Darren McKernan, Gavin McKernan, Fintan
McKenna, Padraic Kane, Gerard McCarey, Rachel Boyle, Aoife Fox, Ciaran Curley, Conor
Bellew, Liam Askin and Niall McKenna.
Team member Seán Ryan Mc Caffrey offers an insight into the magnitude of the challenge:
‘This journey will involve 900 km travelled by bus, 42km climbed, 16,000 ft ascended
and descended and all of which done during a 24 hour time period. We aim to start
in Ben Nevis circa 5pm and finish at the bottom of Snowdon by 5pm the following day
- we will roll down it if we have to!!!’
In the lead up to the event the team have been busy holding many fundraising events.
The Big Breakfast morning in the Scarna Inn on Saturday, May 13th was a great success.
Representatives of SOSAD were in attendance on the day and there was a raffle held.
Donations can be made to any team member or through the gofundme link https://www.gofundme.com/3Peaks4SOSAD