Lichfield women complete Four Peaks challenge

Sian Williams, Penny Lovely, Dawn Evans and Dawn Slater

Sian Williams, Penny Lovely, Dawn Evans and Dawn Slater

Two Lichfield women have been rewarded for their grit and determination during this year’s Wooden Spoon Four Peaks Challenge and helped raise money for disadvantaged youngsters and their families.

Sian Williams and Penny Lovely teamed up with Dawn Slater from Willenhall and Dawn Evans from Sutton Coldfield and scaled four of the highest mountains in the British Isles and Ireland – Ben Nevis, Helvellyn, Snowdon and Carantouhill in Killarney, south west Ireland – in just 48 hours.

Calling themselves She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain, the quartet pledged £4,400 and won the cherished wooden spoons after completing the 14,000 ft climb in the slowest time of 22 hours, 20 minutes and 43 seconds.

Climbers Dawn Evans, Penny and Sian were assisted by Dawn Slater, who took on the role of team driver.

The Four Peaks Challenge is one of the Spoon Challenges fundraising events and has been staged annually since 1991.  While it attracts familiar faces year after year, organiser Wooden Spoon – the charity of British and Irish rugby – is delighted to report that over 60 per cent of the participants this time around were new to the event.

Each team commits to raising at least £4,400 for Wooden Spoon, which uses the money to fund a variety of capital projects across the UK and Ireland.  She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain was among 39 teams, each comprising three climbers and a driver, that proved they were more than equal to the task and pledged £265,104 in total.

Of course, it could be that the ladies’ talents lie elsewhere, as they were delighted to learn that their efforts to raise awareness of the Challenge by decorating their vehicle had handed them victory in the Best Dressed Vehicle Competition!

Team captain Sian said:

“It was really tough but, despite the blisters, we kept going and somehow made it to the finish.  We had a fantastic time and, after all, we are the only team to come home with two awards!

“The Four Peaks Challenge is a great event and because you get people who have been involved for years lining up alongside teams, like us, that were entering for the first time, there’s a real mix of ages and abilities.  Some teams set themselves a target, but the overall objective for all those taking part was to have fun while raising as much money as possible for disadvantaged children and young people.”

Sian Williams, Dawn Evans, Dawn Slater and Penny Lovely pick up their Wooden Spoon award

Sian Williams, Dawn Evans, Dawn Slater and Penny Lovely pick up their Wooden Spoon award

Wooden Spoon chairman Steuart Howie was delighted with the response to this year’s event.  He said:

“The Four Peaks Challenge has developed into an institution, bringing together people from different walks of life who are spurred on by a common desire to achieve their own personal goals and raise money so that Wooden Spoon can support youngsters struggling with social, physical and mental health problems.

“I’d like to thank the Challengers and our dedicated group of volunteer marshals – who turn out in all weathers, although happily the conditions were pretty good this year – and commend them all for maintaining a sense of commitment, perspective and humour when the going got tough!”

Long time Wooden Spoon supporter Ford was the official vehicle supplier, providing transport to enable the teams to travel the 1,900 miles between the four mountains, while other sponsors included insurer Groupama and printing solutions specialist Oki.  Maximuscle supplied the teams with energy snacks and Scottish Water kept them hydrated.

Since its inception in 1991 some 863 teams have tacked the Four Peaks Challenge, raising over £3.7m towards Wooden Spoon’s work.

To find out more about the Spoon Challenges and register your interest for the 2010 events, visit www.spoonchallenges.com or contact the Spoon Challenges office on 01889 582889.

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