Flapjacks and true grit kept Doug’s Three Peaks Challengers going

It was tough. It was challenging. But with true grit and plenty of flapjacks, Doug Tannahill’s team of 19 conquered the Three Peaks Challenge in style.

Two climbers didn’t quite make it to the top of Snowdon, but they all summited Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike and made it in less than 24 hours.

They also raised a staggering £21,938 for Bowel & Cancer Research.

The weather treated us very well – we had just a few showers towards the end - and the views were stunning, but some sections were relentless and the lack of sleep was horrendous

said osteopath Doug, 34, from London.

Special mentions went to Marvin Blake – the “mountain goat” of the team, and Maria Ward – “an absolute trooper”.

Team spirit was the order of the day and when Liberty Cox and Olu Adepitan were unable to make the final lap to the top of Snowdon, James Pisano and James Collins turned around and summitted a second time in their name. 

“Liberty and Olu pushed themselves to the limit and did incredibly well,” said Doug. “They were really suffering and in tremendous pain with overloads to the knees and hamstrings. But they still had a good old crack at Snowdon.

Everyone did so well. I was amazed. There were a few falls and lots of blisters but no one whinged and I couldn’t be prouder.

His climbing companions were a mix of friends, colleagues, clients and patients: Reece Bowers, James Andrews, Dominic Lacey, Daniel Agnew, Erin Sweetnam, Maria Ward, James Collins, Cloe Bueso, Kyle Wightman, Sarah and Fred Bryan, Liberty Cox, Marvin Blake, James Pisano, Stephen Britto, Dr Nick Ambatzis, Tom Hall and Olu Adepitan. 

All had a different reason for signing up and supporting Bowel & Cancer Research.

Sarah James-Bryan said: “I’ve had the privilege in my career to work with some incredible researchers in the field from whom I’ve learned so much about this extraordinary area of research. Personally, I’ve seen first hand the impact that IBS can have on a person’s life.”

James Pisano had thoughts of his baby daughter in mind.

I want her future to be bright and colourful. I’m climbing the Three Peaks for her and everyone who deserves a life without cancer.

Chief Executive of Bowel & Cancer Research Deborah Gilbert thanked Doug and his team. “This was an incredible achievement. We’re extremely grateful to every one of them.

"Our aim is to ensure that no one should die of bowel cancer in future and we can only do that with the help of our fantastic fundraisers,” she said.