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Three Peaks Success From the Comfort of the Gym

Three Peaks Success From the Comfort of the Gym

Lee Bellingham (Museum Manager), Councillor Preece, Chris Derbyshire (Managing Director of IHL)

Craig Hicks (left) and Debbie Amos (right) completing their 3 Peaks Challenge

It’s one of the toughest tests of strength and stamina.

The National Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks of Scotland, England, and Wales, often within 24 hours, covering 37km and a total ascent of 3064 metres.

And for one fitness fan at Chase Leisure Centre in Cannock Chase, she didn’t need to get her boots wet to complete it.

Debbie Amos is known by regulars of the gym for taking part in some tough challenges over the years to raise money for charity, including a few years ago completing a marathon on the treadmill.

So, when she approached Fitness Instructor Craig Hicks to ask if the Three Peaks Challenge would be possible without the wind and rain, he said, “no problem, I’ll do it with you”.

Craig said:

Debbie asked if it was possible, and straight away, I was 100%, let’s do it together. We worked out the actual distances needed to climb using the Stairmaster and got down to training.

And on Saturday, the 29 July, with the goal of finishing it under 10 hrs, they both beat their target, with Craig completing the challenge in 8 hrs 45 mins and Debbie finishing in 8hrs 52 mins. 

Debbie raised a total of £135 money for the British Lung Foundation, whilst Craig’s chosen charity, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, benefited from £200.

Debbie added:

I’d like to thank Craig and the team for all the support and encouragement along the way. It was a tough challenge, but we’re both so happy that we’ve made some much-needed money for well-deserving charities. Thank you to everyone who supported us.


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