Pals set out on tough Three Peaks Challenge

Three Peaks Challenge, Rugby Lot.') L\R; Mark Dingley, Ross Penman, Martin North, Claire Drake, James Kay, Matt Clarke, Nick Hardy-Gillings, Rob Epton, Mike Money, Phil Jordan.

Three Peaks Challenge, Rugby Lot.') L\R; Mark Dingley, Ross Penman, Martin North, Claire Drake, James Kay, Matt Clarke, Nick Hardy-Gillings, Rob Epton, Mike Money, Phil Jordan.

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A GROUP of rugby players and friends are setting out on the Three Peaks Challenge on Wednesday to celebrate James Kmieciak’s 30th birthday and raise money for Grantham Hospice.

The group will start out at Ben Nevis in Scotland, which is 1,344m high. They will then head to Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak at 978m, before finally taking on Snowdon in Wales at 1,085m. And all this will be done in just 24 hours.

One of the Kesteven Rugby Club members Nick Hardy-Gillings said: “We will be embarking on the type of challenge that is reserved for the totally barking, all to make sure that James ‘Tank’ Kmieciak fulfils his life-long quest.”

Marshalls of Newark have provided the group with transport and they have enlisted the help of drivers Roger, Helen and Phil. There is also beer supplied by Belvoir Breweries.

Nick added: “We will succeed and we will raise a good amount of money for Grantham Hospice.”

The challengers include: Richard (Pasties Were My Life) Midgely, Phil “Just Like Mike” Jordan, Claire “Lady Francis” Drake, Sarah (Tough Guy Was Easy) K-T, Jay (I Got Shot at Once) K-T, Matt “I’m so laid back I can fall asleep anywhere”, Mark “Ding Dong” Dingley, Martin (I Died But Got Better) North, Ross (Liability) Stanton, Nicholas D’Arcy (Barney Ponsonby Smyth -Evinrude the III – “just call me Lord”) Hardy-Gillings, John “Just John” Dolan, Richard (JUST Not Married) Dolan, Pete (D-Unit) Dolan and James “Tank” Kmieciak.

To support the group in their challenge go to justgiving.com/kesteven3peaks