Three Peaks Challenge ‘mentally exhausting’
England Hockey boss ‘stretched every sinew’ during feat www.getbucks.co.uk/sport
miles (roughly the same distance GB Captain Barry Middleton coveredduringtheCommonwealth Games), hit the ball on average 72,000 times and ascended and descended more than 11,000ft without picking the ball up once.
Bleby, a 2008 Olympian confirmed the challenge had been a slog at every level, but he was keen to put the emphasis on the charities the funds raised would help.
He said: “A tremendously enjoyable, but painful experience, with so many different challenges and problems. Ultimately, it is all about the fundraising. It has been inspiring to be able to help both WellChild and Access Sport”
As the paper went to press the duo’s efforts had raised £4,416.
Chief executive of WellChild, Colin Dyer, said: “We are delighted that Andy Halliday and Jon Bleby decided to take part in their exciting and slightly crazy, Three Peaks hockey challenge to raise money for WellChild. Not only will the funds they raise for us help our work for seriously ill children and their families across the UK, but the tremendous publicity and support their challenge has generated will help spread the message of WellChild’s work across the country.”
MOUNTAIN HIKE: Jon Bleby and Andy Halliday on the way up Ben Nevis