Roly and his son James

Roly and his son James

A rescuer and his teenage son will tackle the National Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for his team.

Roland Arnison and his 14-year-old son James Elles will attempt to summit Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within 24 hours at the weekend.

Roland, known as Roly, is a member of the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team in West Yorkshire. The father and son from near Bradford will be helped by fellow rescue team member Richard Quinn who will drive the pair between the locations.

The father and son’s challenge will involve a total of 24 miles of mountain climbing with more than 3,000m (9,843ft) of ascent as well as 460 miles of driving, all within 24 hours and will take place on 26-27 October.

The challenge for Mr Arnison and James is to complete the estimated 13-14 hours of hill climbing with very little sleep. The challenge for Mr Quinn is to drive the pair promptly but safely between the mountains.

James said: “I have climbed about 11 mountains but I’ve never done anything like the National Three Peaks Challenge before. I’m really excited about climbing the biggest mountains as fast as possible.”

His father said: “I have quite a lot of mountaineering experience and being a mountain rescue volunteer with Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team keeps me busy and hill-fit so I’m not too concerned about the physical climbs, I’m more concerned about whether I can keep up with James who is considerably younger and more agile than I – but I’ll give it my best shot.”

“We are raising money for CVSRT because I know first-hand how vital fundraising is to the team. It costs approximately £35,000 per year just to keep the team operational, which is raised entirely though fundraising and donations from the community and local businesses.

“Our initial target for this challenge is £500 but we would love to smash that target. We’ve managed to raise nearly £200 already which is a great start.”

Donations can be made via their MyDonate page.

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