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Engineers complete three peaks challenge for lung charity

Eight engineers from Essex have tackled the three highest mountains in the UK to raise money for the British Lung Foundation.

From Press releases - 17 May 2017 12:00 AM

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The staff from UK Power Networks, which owns and maintains the overhead lines, underground cables and substations which distribute electricity to eight million customers across the East of England, London and the South East, completed the challenge within 24 hours at the weekend (May 13 and 14).

The team were engineer Rob Nagi, linesmen Craig Bennett, Oli Ralph-Smith, Dan Johnson and Martin Gibbs, and jointer Dan Baker, who are all based in Chelmsford. They were joined by linesman Steve Bridewell, and engineer Mark Penson, who are based in Colchester.

As well as reaching the three peaks, the team also reached their target of raising £1,000 for the British Lung Foundation. Rob, who lives in Old Harlow, chose the charity following the death of his father Norman from the lung disease pulmonary fibrosis two years ago.

He said: “The devastating effect this rare terminal disease had on my family was catastrophic, and sadly my mother died a few weeks after my dad from a broken heart.

Rob added: “We started the challenge at 6am on the Saturday at Ben Nevis in Scotland where we climbed through snow, drove to England to climb Scafell Pike and then went to Wales to climb Snowdon.

“We had to complete the challenge within the 24 hours – we did it with 28 minutes to spare. Most people said we would need a designated driver and a fast car but we actually shared the driving and did it in a bus that was limited to 60 mph!

“We didn’t have guides and just used maps to navigate the mountains, darkness and weather. It was tough but we made it!”

To prepare for the challenge, the engineers trained in the gym, cycled and hiked, and some tackled peaks in Snowdonia, the Lake District and the Brecon Beacons.

Donations can still be made to the British Lung Foundation via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/UKPN3Peaks.