National 24 Hour Challenge

Left to right:  Paul Shuttleworth, Tom Edwards,  Stewart Blagg, Mark Anders and Neil Whittle

5 members of the Wigan & District Group, along with 2 drivers, put their hobby to good use by undertaking the National 3 Peaks Challenge during the summer, beneficiaries were WLFC, Dr Naqvi’s Heartbeat 2 Appeal, NW Air Ambulance, and Rainbow House and The Legacy.

What is the National 24 Hour Challenge?

To set foot upon the ‘peak’ of each of the 3 highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales, starting at the foot of Ben Nevis and finishing at Snowdon, via Scafell. . .ALL within 24 Hours (over 21st/22nd July 2013)


Left to right: Tom Edwards, Mark Anders, Neil Whittle, Stewart Blagg and Paul Shuttleworth getting ready to ascend Snowdon

Wigan Group Secretary, Stewart Blagg, sought support from at least one member of each of the Group’s 3 Masonic Halls and so it was that Paul Shuttlewoth of Tuscan, Oak & Lamberthead Lodge, Neil Whittle from Borsdane Lodge and Mark Anders and Tom Edwards from Willows Lodge joined Stewart in this great and glorious undertaking, which consisted of: 26 miles of Walking, 10,121 feet of Climbing & 907 miles of Driving.

Setting off from the foot of Ben Nevis at 4.20pm on Sunday 21st July, in 29°c of heat, they completed Ben Nevis before being driven to Seathwaite in Cumbria, the start point for Scafell Pike, where they saw a glorious sunrise at 5.09am. Arriving at Pen y Pass at midday,

they set off to Snowdon at 12.21pm, topping out at 2.19pm – an overall time of 21 hours 58 minutes. Not satisfied with that, they beat a retreat to arrive back at the cars at 4.03pm making the complete ascent & descent of the 3 highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales within their 24 hour target.

Said Stewart “I am indebted to the ‘Team’ for entering into the spirit of things with such enthusiasm; for starting a training programme back in January and for seeking support of our worthy causes. I am also very grateful to Malcolm Bell, Snr & Jnr, and David Belshaw for supplying transport and driving the walkers around Country to complete the Challenge; without them it would have been impossible”.