Family climbs three mountains in 24 hours

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 September 2013

No 3 = At the Top of Ben Nevis, from l to r: Sammi Stephenson, Toby Slade, Jacob Slade and Alison Slade

No 3 = At the Top of Ben Nevis, from l to r: Sammi Stephenson, Toby Slade, Jacob Slade and Alison Slade

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A SOMERSET family has conquered a triple-mountain challenge in less than 24 hours.

The FOURce Slade Team, from l to r: Jacob Slade, Alison Slade, Toby Slade and Sammi StephensonThe FOURce Slade Team, from l to r: Jacob Slade, Alison Slade, Toby Slade and Sammi Stephenson

The Wedmore-based Slade family, comprising Alison, aged 48, Toby, aged 22, Jake, aged 20 and close friend Sammi Stephenson, aged 20, undertook the challenge to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon.

Alison was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and underwent a double mastectomy, so the group chose Breast Cancer Care as its charity of choice, raising £3,500 in the process.

It is not the first time cancer has affected the family - Alison’s mother was also diagnosed with the disease in 1990.

The group started with a 1.3km hike up Ben Nevis in Scotland at 5am, then travelled to Scafell Pike in the Lake District for another 978-metre climb.

No 4 = At the Top of Scafell, from l to r: Toby Slade, Alison Slade, Sammi Stephenson and Jake SladeNo 4 = At the Top of Scafell, from l to r: Toby Slade, Alison Slade, Sammi Stephenson and Jake Slade

The group then made it to Wales for a 1,085-metre ascent of Snowdon, starting at 11.45pm.

The Slades finished the challenge in 23 hours and 31 minutes, covering 26 miles on foot and 1,378 miles on the road.

Alison said: “We are all absolutely delighted to have completed the challenge. It’s given us all such an amazing sense of achievement.

“It was incredibly hard physically and logistically. We had to plan meticulously for the challenge in order to achieve it in under 24 hours - the driving routes, organising food and sufficient liquid for everyone required much thought. We are so grateful to everyone for their support and feel it has been a very worthwhile achievement for a worthy cause.”

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