An intrepid team from Rail Media is training hard for this year’s Railway Children Three Peaks Challenge.
Asif Ahmed, Paul O’Connor, Craig Smith and Paul Curtis plan to summit all three peaks and raise money for the Railway Children charity.
This year’s challenge marks the tenth anniversary of the Three Peaks by Rail. Over 50 teams will travel on a special train between Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis scrambling up the three highest mountains in Britain.
Says Asif, ‘We’re all trying to fit training into an already busy schedule.’ The expedition represents a real challenge for Craig Smith who had reconstructive surgery on his left knee last year and he’s battling the odds to get fit for the June mountain outing.
Paul O’Connor plays football and goes running. A young family helps keep his reflexes sharp. Ever genial Paul Curtis is concentrating on building up lung and heart capacity with lots of running and walking.
Team coach Adam O’Connor shepherded the group on a trial run up Snowdon recently.
‘It showed up the amount of work we have to do to achieve a requisite level of fitness,’ says Adam who has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro as part of the Railway Children expedition.
Adam will be taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge as a Railway Children ambassador. ‘I keep fit by playing hockey and hiking with the scouts,’ says Adam – who also runs in a pair of Vibram five fingers minimalist running shoes.
Says editor Andy Milne, ‘The Railway Children charity has really captured the imagination of the rail industry. We wish the team and all who take part every success.’
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