Family walk challenge for charity

WALK --- James Neesom and John Benson will be completing a charity walk. Pictures taken at Oliver's Mount Memorial. // (l-r) John Benson and James Neesom. Saturday 14th March 2015. HARRY ATKINSON
WALK --- James Neesom and John Benson will be completing a charity walk. Pictures taken at Oliver's Mount Memorial. // (l-r) John Benson and James Neesom. Saturday 14th March 2015. HARRY ATKINSON

A Saturday afternoon stroll is being taken to the next level by two men in aid of charity.

John Benson and his nephew – local road racing star James Neesom, 23, – are going to be covering more than 24 miles of some of the county’s most challenging terrain as they undertake the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.

They are aiming to climb Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in less than 12 hours in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

John has done plenty of charity work previously after his daughter Madison’s tragic death shortly after birth.

Madison died three years ago from a rare condition called congenital diaphragmatic hernia, affecting the development of the lungs.

John, who works at Inventair on the Carnaby Industrial estate said: “I have done various things for charity like a parachute jump but not a walk such as this. For me the biggest challenge will be fatigue or the weather.”

To keep race fit, John has been doing regular all-weather walks while James has been off-road cycling and doing a Tough Mudder type challenge.

To sponsor John and James visit Justgiving.com and search Neesom Racing.