Allan completes his Ever-ish challenge...with a wedding proposal

The proposal at the top of Ben Nevis
The proposal at the top of Ben Nevis

He said he would climb the equivalent of Mount Everest in a year - and at the weekend Allan Clayton did it.

But there was an extra reason to celebrate, because when he reached the top of Ben Nevis to complete his gruelling challenge, Allan proposed to his girlfriend Jemma who has been by his side every step of the way.

Around 40 people accompanied Allan and Jemma to the summit

Around 40 people accompanied Allan and Jemma to the summit

Of course, she said yes and after planning climbing routes for the past eight months, the couple now have a wedding to plan.

Read more about Allan’s Ever-ish challenge.
Allan said: “I thought I would put myself under a bit more pressure.

“It was going to be a long walk down if she had said no, and she took her time to say yes.

“I had planned getting down on one knee but when I got up there, my legs were so tired and I got into one position and couldn’t move.”

Allan was born in Bridlington but now lives in West Yorkshire

Allan was born in Bridlington but now lives in West Yorkshire

Twenty years ago, Allan was told he may never walk again after an horrific road crash on the outskirts of Bridlington.

He came up with his Ever-ish challenge as a way of testing himself, raising awareness of mental health and raising money for SPINE at Pinderfields Hospital, where he was treated as a teenager, and Turning Point, a counselling service in Brighouse, where he volunteers.

Despite knowing he could be in a wheelchair by the age of 40, he has spent 2018 scaling Snowdon, and some of the highest peaks in Yorkshire and the Lake District.

He said: “Ben Nevis was the closest I have got to saying I can’t do something. I think I pulled my groin on the way up and it was very painful.

“It was never ending. Lots of people told me Snowdon was harder then Ben Nevis but it just didnt end.

“There were points where I had to sit down and question what I was doing and draw on previous experiences and tell myself to keep going.

“There were even stages when I was preparing what I would say to people if I didn’t do it. I had to change my mindset.”

Allan and his support team of friends and family set off at 7.30am and reached the summit at around 1pm, returning to the bottom by 5.40pm.

“Everyone was cheering and celebrating at the top but I knew I had to stay switched on and get down.

“Me and Jemma have climbed 29, 890ft and walked 135 miles as a team and the response we have had has blown me away.”