Friends hit the heights with 3 Peaks challenge

PEAK FITNESS: Julie Besbrode, Tanya Farley, Sam Bernstein and Joanne Bernstein

FOUR friends had a head for heights when they took part in the National Three-Peaks Challenge at the weekend.

Hale-based Joanne Bernstein, Julie Besbrode and Sam Bernstein and Tanya Farley, of Bramhall, scaled Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon over two days.

And the foursome have so far raised around 10,000 for The Together Trust, which provides care, education and support for those experiencing emotional, physical and learning disabilities and autism.

Tanya's 15-year-old son James has been accessing its services for several years.

"Someone said 'do I want to go for a walk' - and I didn't quite realise the implications," 44-year-old Joanne laughed.

"It was incredibly tough and the weather was terrible, but we did it."

They braved the elements when they climbed, together with a guide, Ben Nevis - Scotland's highest peak at 1,344 metres.

"There was ice and snow towards the top and most of the groups were turned back, but we made it," Joanne said.

The pals, who trained for the challenge in the Peak District National Park, as well as taking part in last month's Yorkshire 3 Peaks, then went in a minibus to the Lake District to take on Scafell Pike, which stands at 978 metres.

From there, they headed to the 1,085-metre Snowdon in Wales.

"We climbed Scafell Pike in the dark, so we had to use head torches," Joanne added.

"Even the guide got lost at one point, but it was not as daunting as we thought it would be."

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