Rugby players conquer three peaks for charities

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 September 2012 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 September 2012

The team on top of Ben Nevis

The team on top of Ben Nevis

John Harding

FIVE present and former Weston Rugby Club players conquered the three peaks to raise almost £3,000 for two local charities.

The team climbed Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Mount Snowdon in Wales within 24 hours.

Seasiders captain Gavin Simpson, current player Stu Board, veterans player Tony Bush and former players Scott Hannam and Phil White completed the challenge in 22 hours and 41 minutes and raised funds for the Cots For Tots appeal and the Bone Cancer Research Trust.

Cots For Tots was nominated by Mr Board and raises funds to support the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol, where his daughter Megan received vital care after she was born in 2010.

Money raised by the other four will go to Bone Cancer Research Trust in memory of 11-year-old Weston girl Mary Collard, who died in January of bone cancer.

Fellow former player Jon Gatehouse was due to join the team but injured his knee, and instead was the team’s driver as they started the challenge at Ben Nevis on Friday and finished it on Snowdon the next evening.

Thirty-three-year-old Mr Board said: “We’ve been doing training locally at Crook Peak, Brent Knoll and across the Mendips on evenings and at weekends, so rugby has taken a bit of a back seat for most of us.

“It was a bit of an eye-opener for us climbing these three mountains at the weekend. But we wanted to complete the event within 24 hours so we had to do some running on the flat parts and were totally exhausted.”

Donations can be given to the Bone Cancer Research Trust appeal at or the Cots For Tots appeal at

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