Wandsworth Gym Takes On Three Peaks Challenge For Local Charity

Raising vital funds for the Katherine Low Settlement

Guts and Glory members on an earlier trek
Guts and Glory members on an earlier trek

A team of eight local fitness enthusiasts is about to challenge themselves by climbing the UK’s highest peaks – Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike – in just 24 hours, to raise funds for the Katherine Low Settlement’s Love to Learn education service.

Not a trip for the faint of heart or feeble of thigh, the team from Guts and Glory Fitness will be collected from Fort William in Scotland at 5pm on Saturday May 14th for the first climb of the day, and then work their way down through the UK, snatching sleep in the van as they move from Scotland to England to Wales.

The Guts and Glory team have spent months preparing for the challenge and are hoping all those burpees, squats and kettlebell swings at the gym under the arches of the Cremorne railway bridge will pay off. One team member spent a weekend trekking in Croatia as part of her training. Other preparations include a seven-hour trek in Transylvania, more local hikes, vitamin shots the night before in Harvey Nichols and a lot of carb-loading.

Guts and Glory members on a well-deserved social
Guts and Glory members on a well-deserved social

Walkers participating in the Three Peaks Challenge climb each peak in turn, generally starting in the early evening with Scotland’s Ben Nevis as it is thought to be the easiest descent in fading light. Participants are then driven to Scafell Pike in the Lake District, hopefully catching some sleep overnight en route ready for a morning climb. The afternoon is spent driving to Snowdonia for the final climb, ending early evening. Each mountain takes around five hours, with a total driving time of 10-11 hours.

This isn’t the first time that members of the Guts and Glory gym have got involved with the Katherine Low Settlement. At Christmas, gym members fundraised for the Settlement’s Elders’ lunch and delivered Christmas gifts to the charity’s Love to Learn families. Community is very much part of the gym’s ethos, “As much as we want to be a successful, effective gym, what’s paramount is building a community for people of every fitness level,” said a spokesperson for the Guts and Glory.

The Katherine Low Settlement has been working in the south west London community since 1924, campaigning for social change and supporting the local community. The charity is named after Katherine Mackay Low, who spent her life in the first part of the 20th Century caring for the less fortunate in the local area. The Love to Learn programme, which the Guts and Glory Team are raising money for, provides a range of service for children and young people from refugee backgrounds as well as their families and carers.

If you would like to donate to motivate the Guts and Glory team next weekend, follow this link to Fundraiser by Caroline Phillips : Guts and Glory 3 Peak Challenge for KLS (gofundme.com). Any donations will be gratefully received.

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May 10, 2022