We set off at 8.00 am on Saturday morning facing Britain’s toughest marathon, over 40 miles, 15 peaks each above 3,000 feet and the rain pouring down! Okay we weren't racing and had given ourselves 2 days but this was going to be no walk in the (National) park. Apparently this is a very tough challenge over 3 days.
Our team is all linked to me, George Grant. I was diagnosed with a brain tumour whilst a senior student at The Royal Ballet School.
The first peak was Tryfan. On the map it looked easy as it was close to the drop off point and required very few miles. Actually it was the most difficult or “technical” as the experts call it. Immediately the team went up and up. The equipment was tested to the maximum by the rain but the heat that they generated meant they were cooking themselves and soaked through anyway. At the top, deep in cloud were the two rocks known as Adam & Eve. The wet conditions meant that a leap from one to another was probably a bad idea even for the ballet dancers. The descent was slow and treacherous and it became clear that the faster members of the party would have to push on if they were going to get through all the peaks. At 10.30 at night, through mist and failing light, the party emerged exhausted but pleased to be back on schedule.
Sunday was an even earlier start and the march was on again. This time the route was planned to culminate with Snowdon so that they were saving the highest until last with hopefully a meeting of walkers and helpers at the top. This was a long tough day that tested the physical endurance and character of the team. The final team to reach all of the summits was pared-back to the six ballet dancers. The youngest Callum, at seventeen and a student at Elmhurst in Edgbaston and the oldest his Mom, Rosemary, 52 a dance teacher. Never say that dancers aren’t a tough lot! By the top of Snowdon, the rain had stopped but it wasn’t until the descent that the sun broke through. Everyone headed back exhausted and satisfied to The Royal Vic Hotel in time for the bar!
Thank you so much to everyone who has helped and supported us in this adventure and in particular thank you to everyone who has contributed to the TCT.
My best man Anthony Maloney had the idea of doing a mountain climbing challenge this summer for Teenage Cancer Trust and after much discussion we have decided to take on the Welsh 3000s over the weekend of the 19th and 20th July. In order to complete the Welsh 3000s Challenge you are required to have been at the top of all 15 of the mountains over 3000 ft in Wales without using any form of transport, starting of course with Mount Snowdon.
Upon hearing this ridiculous idea, a few of my closest family members leapt at the offer of taking part and now we have a pretty formidable team set up and looking forward to taking on this challenge; our team consists of Anthony Maloney, Sue Maloney, Ryan Maloney, Kevin Grant, Kelly Grant, Nicola Daniels, Callum Daniels, Owen Lane, and Rosemary Lane.
Why are we doing this I hear you ask?! Well it is all in the name of a very good cause, The Teenage Cancer Trust. Here are some excerpts taken from their website: http://www.teenagecancertrust.org/who-we-are/about-us/
“Our vision is a future where young people’s lives don’t stop because they have cancer. We make sure they’re treated as young people first, cancer patients second and everything we do aims to improve their quality of life and chances of survival,
Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer.’ We’re the only charity dedicated to making this happen.”
Having fallen into this category twice now, I know only too well that the work they do is life changing and inspires young people to get through the worst part of their, too often cut short lives with a smile on their faces.
Please donate generously! Thank you,