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Holmebuild team finish in under 25hrs and Raise over £5,000

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The training The night before The team talk The equipment
check
The start The walk
The climb The dog The wrong way The slacker The drivers The top of
Ben Nevis
The joy The pain The view The finish
For more pictures of the climb, click here.

On Saturday 7th May, 42 teams, from the construction industry made their way to the Nevis Visitor Centre at the foot of Ben Nevis to begin the 9th annual COINS 3 Peaks Challenge.

Welcomed by COINS staff and volunteers, the sight to behold was a mass of minibuses, people carriers and gazebos, as many of the team support crew were taking the welfare and feeding of their teams very seriously! Teams arrived in plenty of time and took the opportunity to relax and bask in the sun.

As the event began, all teams gave their fundraising pledges and once through a series of kit and safety checks, all teams had a quick start photo and they were off. 'The Ben' (as it can be called only once you have climbed it) was kind to begin with, but before long the heavens opened and our teams experienced the glory of the Scottish rain. This made the path incredibly slippery as it (unbelievably) hadn't rained on Ben Nevis for about 10 days prior. Nonetheless, all the teams made it to the summit.

In the early hours, teams then made their way down to our stationed stop just outside the Lake District. Most took the opportunity to have some more food and a little rest before heading onto the wettest windiest mountain of all.

Scafell Pike was being hit by gale force winds during the night and although the wind dropped, it was still incredibly strong. This, compounded by the nonstop rain, meant the call was made by the guides on the hill that it would be too perilous to have teams crossing the boulder fields of Scafell Pike. So Great End became our new Scafell Pike! At only 70 meters lower and with the intense weather, our teams experienced the Lake District elements in full. Not the mountain that was planned but such is the nature of a mountain challenge.

The outlook was sunnier at Snowdon. All teams turned up with smiles and ready for their final ascent of Snowdon. The weather was kinder to most teams although the rain did make a few appearances later in the day!

The fundraising effort from all teams was outstanding especially as times are still tough in the industry. Holmebuld Raised over £ 5,000, Welldone.

All teams earned the right to celebrate their triumphs and many still had the energy to dance into the early hours; and of course the COINS Challenge Team were there to support them! Well done to all.

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