The final climb 

Today is the final day of the ten peaks in ‘ten days challenge’ and I want to thank everyone who has hiked, tweeted, walked, ran, climbed and cared for ten. I have been completely blown away by the shows of support and of course there have been highs and lows but the constants in all of this have been the kindness, shout outs and personal commitments and achievements shared. Day 10 and the highest of them all in England. All of us have climbed mountains throughout this pandemic and there will be many more to come but with support and care and kindness we can conquer and achieve any of the goals we set together.


The Mighty Helvellyn

Day 9 #10Peaks (yes Day 9 !) The Mighty Helvellyn #almostthere Big shout out for Jenn who has been up and out there every day for Cancer Research UK and all supporting us, especially Navigation Walkers huge effort #CareFor10 and it’s not raining!


Torrential rain didn’t stop us

It’s been torrential rain ALL night and it’s still raining Day 8 of #10Peaks – Nethermost Pike – to say am tired is an understatement. Thanks for the well wishes and support and please no more rain dancing #Carefor10


Day 7

Can’t believe it but it’s DAY 7 #10Peaks Great End and I’m still standing (well almost) thinking of you all at Spectrum and know how challenging a week it’s been so far and all pulling together thanks for support means such a lot for Cancer Research and #Carefor10


We made it!

Great Gable done! Peak No 6 #10Peaks 2 hypos and a twisted ankle later and no view  but still worth it for a great cause. Thanks for the love and support #carefor10


Half way there…

We have made it ! We are now Half way there and conquered Bowfell for Cancer Research UK#10peaks #CareforTen and we still have Rex with us . Brilliant effort from Team Bowfell . Let’s keep going and fundraising for a great cause.


Next up, Skiddaw!

It’s starting to feel like ‘groundhog day’. Day 4 of #10Peaks. Will weather hold for fourth day running? Thanks everyone for generosity so we raise tons for the great cause that is Cancer Research. I need the support more than ever now.


The Old Man of Coniston

Day 3 of #10Peaks challenge and the team were tackling ‘Old Man of Coniston’ which has an 803m elevation. With the weather, it was a glorious day and Coniston Old Man looked majestic in the sunlight.


Slaying Scafell!

Day 2 of #10Peaks and there was Porridge on the hob this morning. Scafell – a mean and moody mountain made better by the great group of supporters with me. We reached the top of the second tallest of the #10peaks only to be greeted by dinosaurs everywhere


They came, they saw, they conquered!

Day one of the the epic #10peaks in 10 days challenge has been a huge success.

Our first climb, the glorious Blencathra and we’ve made it to the top! What an amazing journey it’s been! It’s been a tough climb but made all the better knowing I have my strong team behind me and the motivation we’ve given each other to push forward! Here’s the journey so far! #10Peaks #Carefor10



10 Peaks in 10 Days Challenge:  D-Day, minus 40

I am well into my training now and feel a little more confident in my quest to complete the 10 Peaks In 10 Days Challenge I have set myself. I am no longer returning from my climbs crippled with back pain, or in fear of the consequences of sitting for any longer than a minute and being unable to get out of my chair!

So, what spurs me on in this quest? Whether it’s for the view or for the challenge, climbing the mountainous peaks in the Lake District is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to experience more of this beautiful region. Then, there is the thought gnawing away in me that the lockdown has resulted in a deep deterioration in any semblance of fitness I had before lockdown, and the need to do something about it!

As part of my own training regime, I have been exploring each of the ten chosen peaks – including preferable starting points, meeting points, car parking and watering holes. From this research, I have been able to compile a guide for those wishing to follow or maybe join me on the climbs themselves. We will publish this guide shortly on this page, so please watch this space.

Over the coming weeks, we will also give details of a range of alternative ways in which you can join in with the physical challenge, but all much closer to home. So, let’s all get out there, get fitter and get fundraising for Cancer Research UK.