TWO teenagers are attempting to break a world record this year by climbing and cycling between three mountains in less than 47 hours.
Ben Rolfe and Leo May, both 17, are taking part in the ultimate three peaks challenge this August when they climb the three highest peaks in Britain – Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdonia in Wales.
As if climbing 3,000m wasn’t enough of a challenge, they are also planning on cycling the 450 miles between the three mountains and they aim to complete it in under 46 and a half hours – which would be a new world record.
Ben, who lives in Middle Street, Eastington ,with his mum, Anne, dad, Nigel and sister, Jessica, raised £10,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust last year when he cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
The boys, who are in Year 13 at St Peter’s Sixth Form, Gloucester, are hoping to beat that target and raise £15,000 for Epilepsy Action – a helpline which provides advice on how to cope with the disease and seizures.
“I wanted to raise money for a different charity, and mine and Leo’s friend Ellie suffers from epilepsy, so we are hoping the money we raise can make a difference to people like her,” said Ben.
In order to beat the current record, the boys will have to climb and cycle non-stop for almost two days.
“We know it’s going to be really hard, especially cycling and climbing through the night but we are feeling confident,” said Ben.
“At the moment, our main concern is our supplies and how we are going to carry them with us.
Ben and Leo are taking this challenge on completely by themselves without the help of a team to spur them on.
“We just want to be able to pull through the challenge and hopefully beat the record while we’re doing it,” added Ben.
To sponsor Ben and Leo, you can go to www.justgiving.com/Ulti mate3Peaks2014