Three Peaks Chal­lenge ‘men­tally ex­haust­ing’

Eng­land Hockey boss ‘stretched ev­ery sinew’ dur­ing feat www.get­bucks.co.uk/sport

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Jon Batham tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

Photo by Ady Kerry

MOUN­TAIN HIKE: Jon Bleby and Andy Hal­l­i­day on the way up Ben Ne­vis

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