There’s no mountain high enough for mayor as he completes peaks challenge

Cllr Drye at the top of the Yorkshire three peaks

Cllr Drye at the top of the Yorkshire three peaks - Credit: Archant

The mayor of St Ives successfully scaled three peaks in order to raise money for charity.

Councillor Tim Drye completed the Yorkshire version of the Three Peaks Challenge on July 27, raising money for the mayor’s charity fund.

The mayor announced his plans to take on the charity challenge when he was elected back in May, as part of a wider effort to tackle 12 physical challenges in 12 months.

The Yorkshire three peaks route is 24 miles and includes 1,585m of ascent. It includes a hike up Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough mountains.

Cllr Drye said: “I chose to do it on the hottest day of the year so it was a challenge. I am quite active so didn’t think it would be that difficult, however the heat did make it hard.

“I do a lot of walking anyway so was looking forward to completing the challenge. My son, Joseph, climbed one of the peaks with me and I did the rest by myself.

“Luckily I made the cut off time of 12 hours, and completed it in 11 hours and 50 minutes, which I was happy with as it was so warm.

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“My next challenge is the High Sheriff’s bicycle ride. So far, the training is going okay and I’m just hoping that I can raise as much money for charity as possible.”

The money raised will go towards the mayor’s three chosen charities which include the Holt Island Nature Reserve, to help repair paths across the site, the Norris Museum, to help provide equipment to support children’s activities, and the Huntingdonshire Volunteers Service, to help the new extended volunteer drivers scheme.

In addition to these charities, Cllr Drye also plans to support mental health services in the area, especially those which support men.

Cllr Drye will also be taking part in the Great Eastern Run in October, as well as the Richardson’s Rumble Sportive, a 67-mile bike ride around St Ives next year.

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