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3 peaks, 16 teams, 24 hours

Foot-sore Dimensions staff raise £15,000 for charity

When we set ourselves a challenge, we don't do it by halves. On 15 June, we sent 16 teams up Britain's three tallest peaks within 24 hours. This day-long, blister-footed hike is commonly known as the Three Peaks Challenge – and it pushes your stamina to the limits.

This was a challenge we couldn't resist. Improving company fitness levels, strengthening team bonds, and generating funds for charity would be winning on every front. And so it proved. We raised £15,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and Rainbows, took 48 colleagues to the shared highs and lows of elation and exhaustion, and gave ourselves a collective taste for the great outdoors.

Sunrise over the lakes

For those who don't know, the Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon in 24 hours. The best time is midsummer when there's plenty of light. Even so, several teams blundered around in the dark at the foot of Scafell Pike. For those who reached the top, there was the glorious reward of sunrise over the lakes.

Prizes for hares and tortoises

Although the challenge is normally a race against time, the key thing for us was finishing. Twelve people completed in under 24 hours; another 19 came in later. For everyone who participated, there was a generous meal, an irresistible hotel bed, and plenty of tall mountain tales. There were prizes too: for the fastest (the hare), the slowest (the tortoise), the winning team, the best driver, etc, etc – and a medal for everyone with or without sore feet. The winning team was the Gilhooligans who overtook the IT Department when their tyre blew.

We're already looking forward to next year and something even bigger. But right now, we're concentrating on generating even more cash for Macmillan Cancer Support and Rainbows. If you'd like to help, go to and pledge a few pounds. Thank you.