A FORMER pupil of St Thomas’s CE Primary school who now works as a vet in Scotland, has conquered all the peaks over 4,000ft north of the border.
Garstang-born outdoor life lover Mark Pearson, 36, his wife Claire, and their Jack Russell dog Monkey, have set themselves the ambitious task, and recently completed the towering ambition in six days, raising around £1,000 for The Alzheimer’s Society.
Now they plan a more leisurely task of conquering all of Scotland’s Munros – the 280 or so mountains in Scotland that are more than 3,000ft.
Mark, son of architect David Pearson of Longmoor Lane, Nateby, said: “It took us six days, one of which was a rest day.
“Day one included carrying camping gear over first two peaks, then camping. Next day involved carrying gear over the next three hills and picking up bikes from where we’d left them.
“There was two days of riding from cairngorms to Fort William, mostly off road, camping overnight. Our day off was in Fort William, where we dried gear, fixed bikes and recovered!
“On the last day, we biked 8km up Glen Nevis, left the bikes and walked over the last four peaks to finish on top of Ben Nevis.
“There are only nine British peaks over 4,000 ft, so our trip included them all.
“We did it because we like outdoors adventures and this seemed like a trip that people could get behind, so we decided to try to raise some money too.
“We chose the Alzheimer’s Society because my gran had dementia before she died, and Claire’s uncle has Alzheimers.”
Mark continued: “We’re humbled by peoples generosity and support. We’ve no plans as to what to do next, we’re going to continue ticking off Munros but there’s more than 280 of them so that will take a while!”
Mark was born in Garstang, went to St Thomas’s CE Primary school and Lancaster Royal Grammar School before studying to be a vet at the Royal Veterinary College, part of the University of London.
Mark has since worked as a vet in West Cumberland, Sussex, Carmarthen, and Cheshire before moving with his wife Claire to Forres, near Inverness, Scotland.
Claire, also a vet, cares mainly for small animals.