18th May 2004




A group of friends from Lincoln will be braving the blisters at the end of this month when they tackle the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge for charity.


Physiotherapy assistant Karl Rudkin (23) and ten of his friends will climb the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in the space of 24 hours.


They’re putting themselves through the pain barrier to support University of Lincoln marketeers Jacqueline Mayer (33) and Karen Raynes (34) who are aiming to raise £6,000 for Cancer Research UK.


Jacqueline and Karen will take part in Ultimate Challenge 2004 Trek Peru, a five-day trek along the ancient Inca Trail, in September.


“We will be setting off for Ben Nevis in the small hours of Saturday 29th May and starting the climb at 9am,” said Karl, who met Jacqueline and Karen while working at the University of Lincoln last year.


“After lunch we’ll drive south to Scafell Pike in Cumbria and do that climb in the evening. Then we’ll drive through the night to Snowdonia, sleeping on the way, and climb our third peak early on Sunday morning, finishing at 8.30am with half an hour to spare!”


After tackling 26 miles of rugged mountain terrain and driving 500 miles across the country the intrepid climbers hope to raise £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.


Karl and his friends have been offered the free use of a minibus by Lincoln car hire firm Thrifty to get them through the Three Peaks Challenge.


Karl lives in North Clifton but works as a physiotherapy assistant at the Peter Hodgkinson Centre in Lincoln.


Note to newsdesk: There will be a photo opportunity at 12 noon on Saturday 22nd May when Karl and his friends will take delivery of the sponsored minibus at Thrifty on Chieftain Way in Lincoln. Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend.


For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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