SUM­MIT SPE­CIAL

Clark’sThree Peaks bid

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Mark Pirie

An East Kil­bride teacher is hop­ing to hit the peak of his life by smash­ing a world record – with the back­ing of his pupils.

Crosshouse Pri­mary School teacher Clark Bur­rell and pal Lewis Cle­land have set them­selves the ul­ti­mate chal­lenge to break the ‘UK Three Peaks’ world record.

Clark, 24, hopes to com­plete the UK Three Peaks (Snow­don, Scafell Pike and Ben Ne­vis) next April which means they will cover a stag­ger­ing 436 miles in just one week.

The cur­rent world record is 13 days and 23 hours.

And Clark is con­fi­dent that he will ben­e­fit from the feel­good fac­tor within the school to get him­self in the record books and raise funds for the Young Minds char­ity in the process.

“We have had some good prac­tice be­hind us,” he said. “We are try­ing to run up to 28 miles a day.

“We fin­ished the West High­land Way at the start of the year and were look­ing for a new chal­lenge. “This is a step up again.” He con­tin­ued: “It will last a week but it is an ex­pe­ri­ence we can tell all the kids about.

“Ev­ery­one at Crosshouse has been re­ally in­ter­ested – keep­ing them fit has helped me keep fit!

“The thing I am look­ing for­ward to the most is be­ing able to share the ex­pe­ri­ence with the kids through posts on so­cial me­dia and when we are back. “There has just been great sup­port so far.” Due to his work with young­sters, Clark picked the Young Minds char­ity which aims to im­prove chil­dren’s well­be­ing and men­tal health.

Now he is hop­ing to raise a whopping £10,000 with his ef­forts.

Clark added: “With this kind of char­ity it’s good to get the kids to en­gage in it.

“There have been a lot of ques­tions on what the char­ity is from the kids and that’s a re­ally good thing.”

To make a do­na­tion to the fund, text LCCB54 with your amount (£1-£10) to 70070 or, al­ter­na­tively, make a do­na­tion at www. just­giv­ing.com/fundrais­ing/clark-bur­rell1

Ready to go Crosshouse Pri­mary teacher Clark Bur­rell has the sup­port of pupils at the school

Lim­ber­ing up­Clark Bur­rell is tak­ing on the UK Three Peaks Chal­lenge

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