Coaches drib­ble their way over Three Peaks

GB bosses take on tough chal­lenge with a hockey twist

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­

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.vir­gin­money­giv­ 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.

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