Tue 15 Mar 2016

The Society’s Three Peaks Challenge


They blame me! I was leading a group of colleagues around the vineyards of Tuscany last autumn. At the back of the bus Sadie and Simon hatched a plan for a team of walkers to attempt the Three Peaks Challenge. They say that if I hadn’t sat them down next to each other neither the conversation nor the event would have happened, so apparently this madcap idea is all my fault.

For those who may not know, the Three Peaks Challenge is an attempt to climb and descend Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within 24 hours, including the driving in between! Quite a challenge, but the team is up for it and already in training in order to support three very worthy causes dear to our hearts, namely The Eve Appeal, The Benevolent and Stevenage Community Trust.


The walkers work in different departments across the business: from left to right – back row: Dave Collins (analyst programmer), Peter Harris (delivery driver), Lesley Clark (marketing campaign analyst), Ben Briffett (Member Services co-ordinator) – front row: Nicky Glennon (head of digital marketing), Mahesh Bharwaney (regional merchandiser), Mike Green (systems service desk), Sadie Calderon (membership administration clerk), Simon Gatley (assistant merchandiser) and Carl Andrew (warehouse co-ordinator),

The drivers/support crew are: Tom Wain (regional merchandiser) and Ewan Murray (PR manager), who will don their boots and join the team for the walk up and down Snowdon.

We have already received a generous offer from Virgin Trains East Coast to transport the team up to Scotland from Stevenage, which has been gratefully received, and other ‘in kind’ offers are being sought to cover aspects of logistics.

Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon,

For those who may wish to donate to any or all of our causes, the details are as follows:

Eve logoThe Eve Appeal – a dear colleague of ours, Louise, has been fighting cancer for the past four years. Go to https://www.justgiving.com/tws-eve/  or text TWSE84 £x to 70070 (where x is the amount you donate)

‘The Eve Appeal was launched in 2002 and is the only national UK charity dedicated to funding world-class research and raising awareness of all five gynaecological cancers (womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal). In the UK, 55 women are diagnosed and 21 die each and every day from a gynaecological cancer – yet funding and awareness of these diseases remains low. We are determined to change this and fight women’s cancers by funding research focused on developing effective methods of risk prediction, earlier detection, and improved treatment and care that will ultimately save women’s lives not only in the UK but around the world.’

June 2016 – update: we are very sad to report that on Saturday 11th June our colleague Louise lost her battle with peritoneal cancer. We’ll be thinking of her all the way.


benevolent_id_jpegThe Benevolent – the daughter of one of the team has benefited greatly from the charity’s financial assistance towards treatment in her long struggle against mental illness. Go to https://www.justgiving.com/tws-ben/  or text TWSB77 £x to 70070

‘Founded in 1886, The Benevolent’s mission is to help colleagues from the drinks trade facing serious medical or financial hardship or any other workplace or home difficulties. Today The Benevolent continues to be at the heart of the UK drinks industry and is the only charity supporting employees from every sector of the drinks trade, no matter where they were employed or what their personal situation. Here at The Benevolent we are passionate about our industry, our community and our work and firmly believe that everyone deserves a helping hand when they need it most. From our Board of Trustees and Corporate Partners, to our staff and Benevolent Ambassadors, we are all committed to improving the quality of life for vulnerable people from the UK drinks industry.’

Steve logoStevenage Community Trust – Staff at The Society support this local charity which serves the most needy in our home community. Our CEO Robin McMillan is a trustee. Go to https://www.justgiving.com/tws-stev/  or text TWSS657 £x to 70070

‘Stevenage Community Trust is an independent charitable trust, which raises funds and promotes charitable giving in order to enhance the quality of life of people living in the Borough of Stevenage and its surrounding villages.’

We’ll post updates nearer the time, and you will be able to follow our exploits over the weekend itself on social media.

Ewan Murray
PR Manager

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  1. Rachael Muirhead says:

    I’m doing this too, the first weekend in June. My training so far has consisted of buying walking boots. See you at the top of Scafell Pike!

  2. Doug Carr says:

    Dear Friends,
    I wish you every success – but as a former fell runner and qualified coach – I suggest you ensure you have enough fuel on board before you start each leg.
    The great Joss Naylor always rated the length of his efforts (races etc.,) by the number of Mars bars he ate on the way ( and as inspiration – he completed 60 Lakeland peaks for his 60th birthday !!)
    I suggest you work on 300 calories for each hour of physical effort.
    For my own part I always ate 2 Fry’s Turkish Delight bars on the way up Pen -y -Gent during the 3 Peaks race (this years race is coming Sunday by the way). It’s whatever the stuff that you find easiest to get down you whilst still on the move that you should use -so experiment in the time you still have to prepare.
    And do NOTHING physically the day (or 2) before you are due to start.
    All the very best
    Doug Carr

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