A BRIDLINGTON dad of two is facing a gruelling challenge as he tackles the Yorkshire three peaks.
Kevin Newlove, 45, of St Martin Drive, will be joining brother-in-law Craig McKee, an ex-RAF member, and three other ex and current RAF members to conquer Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in aid of Help for Heroes on Sunday May 8.
Kevin, who was in the Army for 11 years, is looking forward to the challenge of climbing over 5,200 feet - which involves 24.5 miles of walking - in under 12 hours.
“I’m the only one representing the Army, so I’ll have to make sure I keep up!” said Kevin, who is now an HGV driver.
“It’s going to be a great challenge, I’ve been trying to get myself ready for it but it’s a bit difficult when you sit down for a living and of course none of us doing it are getting any younger.
“When I heard Craig was doing it I thought, ‘I’ll have a go’, but doing the route in 12 hours isn’t going to be easy.
“The charity means a lot to me personally as a member of my family suffered after being in the Gulf and in Bosnia. Help for Heroes is a great charity and they do really important work which is improving all the time.”
The group will be camping near Pen-y-ghent on Saturday May 7 and having a dry run up the mountain, before taking on the challenge on Sunday.
You can sponsor the group by visiting www.bmycharity.com/MuckyandteamH4HYorks3PeaksChallenge or by coming into the Free Press office on Prospect Street, where a sponsorship form is available at reception.
The group have not set a fundraising target but just hope to raise as much as they can.