As you may be aware from our recent news article and posts of encouragement on our social channels, our sales executive Steve Walton has recently completed the Ben Nevis challenge to fundraise for a cause close to his heart. We just want to say a massive well done to Steve from all the team. To find out how Steve got on, read his account of the challenge below.
"Having watched my Father-in-Law battle with and eventually succumb to the monster that is Alzheimer's I decided to participate in this year’s Ben Nevis Challenge to raise funds & awareness for the Alzheimer's Society. Months of pre-event training ensued which paid off in the long run as, whilst it was tougher than I anticipated, after the event I recovered quicker than expected. On a personal level it also helped me lose two stone which can’t be a bad thing!
Leaving at around 10pm the conditions were superb with clear skies and as darkness approached the steep early ascent began. I must admit by the halfway stage I was beginning to wonder if I had bitten off more than I could chew but persevered and the views in the half-light were stunning. Crossing the snow field near the summit saw the temperatures drop which meant I didn’t spend too long at the summit despite the elation of reaching the very top of Britain’s highest mountain. The obligatory photos taken at the Cairn with the Ordnance Survey Trig were greeted with the moon rising which have never seen such a deep red and it was worth the hike just for that alone!
Not surprisingly the decent was actually harder on the legs than the climb and as dawn approached (not that it ever got completely dark) the end was in sight. A very welcoming breakfast greeted us as the finish and the realisation began to sink in that I had completed the biggest physical challenge I had ever undertaken and I must confess to feeling a little emotional along with huge sense of personal achievement.
Donations are still continuing to come in and the total raised so far currently stands at a fraction under £2,500! If you would still like to donate please simply visit www.justgiving.com and search for Stephen Walton to find me, or alternatively just log on to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stephen-walton7