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GB coaches dribble up and down Scafell Pike

Jon and Andy reach the second Peak at Scafell Pike Credit: Fifteen Productions/WSM Communications

Two national hockey coaches have dribbled up Scafell Pike for charity.

Team manager Andy Halliday and assistant coach Jon Bleby have taken time off from the GB men's hockey squad to tackle the peaks of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and finally Snowdon while hitting, flicking and bouncing a ball for charity in their own version of the Three Peaks Challenge.

The men with cover 26 miles and 11,000 feet of ascent and decent, attempting to dribble the ball for 24 hours without picking it up. It's a challenge which hasn't been attempted before.

Their challenge is in aid of the children's charities, WellChild and Access Sport. Today (Thursday 2nd) they will be climbing their final mountain, Snowdon.

The two coaches will cover 26 miles without picking up the ball Credit: Fifteen Productions/WSM Communications

“I think they are mad! This is an extreme challenge, one not for the faint-hearted. However, they are doing it for two very worthy causes, and I know myself and all of the GB team will be thinking of them and supporting them throughout”.

– Barry Middleton, GB hockey captain

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Inexperienced climbers slammed by mountain rescue teams

Mountain rescue teams have criticised some climbers who take part in the Three Peak Challenge.

On several occasions the rescue team have been called out to inexperienced climbers who have put themselves and the rescuers at risk.

There are also concerns about the amount of litter and debris left on Scafell Pike by the Peak competitors.