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Aylesbury man runs three peaks in three days.

Aylesbury man runs three peaks in three days.

Published by Mix96 News at 1:58pm 22nd August 2019.

Guy Stapleford from Aylesbury is taking on his next challenge with 4 strangers.

Guy will be joined by Jess Haney, Sean Merryweather, Claire Hobson and Howard Crompton who he got in contact with after posting his latest challenge on social media.

The 5 ultra-runners are hoping to break a Three Peaks record set more than 35 years ago by running the National Three Peaks challenge, from sea level to sea level, in less than three days.

To achieve their aim the team will need to run on average seven minute miles. The current record is 54 hours 39 minutes. 

Guy said:

"It's a difficult task, which goes to show why the record hasn't been beaten since it was set in 1981. It's not just about running fast, it's about running fast up the three highest mountains in the UK. Finding four complete strangers who've totally got the concept is amazing. People may look at us and think, why? But that's the point, I wanted to prove that anything is possible if you believe in something strongly enough. If you have a why, that's reason to suffer".

They set off this morning on the 470-mile relay from Fort William in Scotland and are heading to Caernarfon in North Wales.

Guy has taken on numerous challenges over the years to raise money for Make-A-Wish UK.

The team will be raising money again for the charity that grants life-changing wishes for children who are seriously ill as well as Run for Cancer, Brain Tumour Research, Mind and The Defense and National Rehabilitation Centre.

Guy Stapleford

Guy added:

"I suffered badly with anxiety and depression in my 20s and used an incredibly difficult period in my life to change, to do and be something different. These endurance challenges have helped me to tackle my depression head on, to talk about it openly and to put myself in control of how I feel. But I wanted to make sure that this wasn't a selfish pursuit, that someone got something out of it and that it made a difference. 

"I met Tony Frobisher, whose daughter Milla was granted a wish through Make-A-Wish and we've become good friends. Hearing and seeing his story first hand cemented my belief in what this amazing charity does. 

"When you're at the end of what you perceive to be your physical limits to be, you need a reason to push yourself on. I know this next challenge is going to really hurt, but my pain is going to end. There are some really poorly children going through treatment who aren't that lucky. It will be incredibly motivating to think of them when I'm out on the road."

Find out more about the challenge and donate here.




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