Kelso workmates to tackle three-peak challenge

Stevie Kinghorn, Allan Robertson (one of the drivers), Graeme Redpath and Gary Dempster, will tackle Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon to raise money for the Margaret Kerr Unit.
Stevie Kinghorn, Allan Robertson (one of the drivers), Graeme Redpath and Gary Dempster, will tackle Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon to raise money for the Margaret Kerr Unit.

A trio of intrepid hikers will take on the three peaks challenge this weekend to raise funds for the Margaret Kerr Unit at Borders General Hospital.

Workmates Gary Dempster, 46, Stevie Kinghorn, 39, and Graeme Redpath, 34, of Forbes Technologies in Kelso, will attempt to scale Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within 24 hours, starting on Saturday.

The team has put in months of training for the challenge, which comprises 23 miles of walking, with a total ascent of over 3,000m, plus 462 miles of driving between mountains.

“It may only be a 24-hour, challenge but it has taken six months to get to this point,” Gary said.

“At last count we’ve walked the Eildons over 30 times, as well as the Cheviot, a couple of munros and Scafell Pike.

“Graeme had a few munros and miles under his belt before that, with Stevie not far behind, but I was a teenager the last time I ventured up the Eildons, The two young bucks are still chasing my tail during our training days, though,” he joked.

With the recent heatwave set to continue throughout the weekend, conditions could be tough.

“The weather will have a massive influence on things, although we’ve been out in all sorts this year so we hope we will be prepared for whatever is thrown at us,” Gary said. “Hopefully the adrenaline and bit of old fashioned pig-headedness will make sure we get this challenge done, and the charity make some money from it.”

They hope to raise £2,000 for the Margaret Kerr palliative care unit.

“They are always there when called upon,” Gary explained. “Over the years they have cared for many of our friends, family and colleagues, of all ages, and we wanted to do something in their memory. That’s been the motivation for the three of us to keep going through the months of training.”

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