Walkers put best feet forward to aid charity

Kevin Newlove and friends at the top of Ingleborough, the last peak in the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.
Kevin Newlove and friends at the top of Ingleborough, the last peak in the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.

AN ex-serviceman from Bridlington has helped raise more than £1,000 for Help for Heroes after a gruelling trek around the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Dad-of-two Kevin Newlove, 45, took on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough – 24 miles of walking and over 5,200 feet of climbing – in just 9 hours and 45 minutes.

“There was a real sense of achievement when I stood on the second peak and looked back at the first one. It was tough but well worth it,” said Kevin (above) who served in the Army for 11 years, and was joined by brother-in-law Craig Mckee and three friends – all of whom served in the RAF.

“I was the only representative from the Army, and I was the oldest there as well so I was always going to give it my best shot.

“Getting more than £1,000 is a great total, and it makes the aching legs even more worthwhile.

“We said before that the three peaks can be done in about 12 hours and we were hoping for a time of anywhere near 10 hours, so to do it in less was fantastic.

“When we were camping the night before we started it shot down with rain all night, so luckily it was a bit cooler the next day.”

After taking part in this event organised by his brother-in-law, Kevin hopes to organise more charity challenges in the future.