Peak challenge to raise funds for Macmillan

Fundraiser Scott Relton, who is climbing 45 peaks in 45 hours in the Lake District. Pictured here training in the Pyrenees in France.
Fundraiser Scott Relton, who is climbing 45 peaks in 45 hours in the Lake District. Pictured here training in the Pyrenees in France.

Action man Scott Relton is taking on the toughest challenge of his life this week as he climbs 45 peaks in 45 hours.

The 28-year-old Outdoor Adventure Coordinator at Giles Academy in Boston, took to the Lake District on Monday to begin the challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support.

He will cover 60 miles in the hills and valleys, walking up to 12 hours a day, and scaling the equivalent of Mount Everest.

Before setting off, he said: “I’ve climbed peaks in the French Pyrenees, Switzerland and Morocco, but never this many in such a short time before. I’ll be walking into the night to fit it all in.”

His parents Caroline and Dave will be acting as his ‘support team’, picking him up at the end of each leg of the challenge and taking him back to Keswick where they have rented a cottage so he can get some rest between hikes.

He said: “I’m taking a backpack with just the basic essentials while climbing. I’ve packed water, food, energy gels, a GPS, torches, a first aid kit, waterproofs and camera - to record evidence of the challenge! I’m hoping to raise at least £1,200, which is enough to fund a Macmillan nurse for 45 hours.

“I think many people have been touched by cancer in their personal lives and the charity itself. I am a member of the Boston Macmillan Fundraising Committee and wanted to do something to celebrate their 45th year volunteering in the community.”

This is not the first major event Scott has completed for Macmillan. As part of Giles Academy’s charity work, he took part in the ‘Miles for Macmillan’ challenge, which saw students take a pedal car from Wales to Skegness in under 19 hours. Earlier this year he won a National Volunteering award for his work with young people at the school.

To sponsor Scott, follow his story at www.facebook.com/45peaks.