Coaches dribble their way over Three Peaks
GB bosses take on tough challenge with a hockey twist
TWO hockey coaches from South Bucks are attempting the Three Peaks Challenge but with a twist – dribbling a hockey ball the whole way.
Andy Halliday, from Ballinger, near Chesham, and Jon Bleby, from Wooburn, near Beaconsfield, are currently undertaking the feat and hope to complete it today (Thursday).
They started out climbing Ben Nevis on Tuesday and moved on to Scaffel Pike yesterday, and are aiming to finish on Snowdon.
Halliday, the GB hockey team manager, and Bleby, who is his assistant, will walk 25 miles in total, ascending and descending 11,000 feet, dribbling for 24 hours in total over the three days.
Their aim is to raise more than £10,000 for Access Sport and Well Child. Donations can be made at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ AndyHalliday.
On average, the duo will touch each ball 50 times a minute, which is approximately 72,000 touches of the ball in total for each dribbler.
Halliday, who worked for 30 years with the Metropolitan Police, has run the London Marathon six times, dribbling a hockey ball for the duration of the course with former GB women’s hockey coach Jason Lee in 2012.
In a hockey career spanning 20 years, Halliday played mainly for St Albans but also won 50 England caps, and in 1990 became the first non-Olympian to win the UK Player of the Year award.
As we revealed back in August, he is also a keen cricketer and helped his club, Hawridge & Cholesbury, to promotion in the Mid Bucks League this summer.
Bleby, meanwhile, is also a former player who represented GB at the 2008 Olympics and was part of the England squad in the 2006 World Cup and Commonwealth Games.
With a career spanning a decade in both the national and international field, Bleby earned 54 caps for England and 37 for Great Britain, and his next goal is to develop a new men’s squad for the 2012-2016 Olympic Cycle.
PASS IT: Jon Bleny and Andy Halliday on Ben Nevis