BIM Manager, Mark Celebrates Scaling Great British Summits

Desco’s BIM Manager Mark McNab is celebrating scaling three of Great Britain’s highest peaks as his latest trial in a series of personal challenges.

Alongside his brother-in-law Paul, Mark took on the National Three Peaks Challenge which involves climbing each of England, Wales and Scotland’s highest summits. Over a three-day period, they successfully scaled Snowdon in Wales, Ben Nevis in Scotland and Scafell Pike in England.

Since discovering a healthier lifestyle in 2014, Mark has lost a remarkable nine stone in weight and is enjoying a new lease of life. As part of his weight-loss and fitness journey, Mark committed to setting himself ambitious physical challenges each year. The mountain climbing challenge was the latest achievement in a series of walking and running trials and it certainly presented Mark and Paul with some ups and downs!

Day one of the expedition saw the duo trek up and down the 1085 metre peak of Snowdon in the Welsh sunshine, taking in some spectacular views across the Snowdonia National Park.

The weather on day two posed a challenge. After travelling to the English Lake District to tackle Scafell Pike next, the driving rain and poor conditions forced the pair to abandon the climb after 1km. Not ready to be defeated, they drove the four-and-a-half-hour journey north to Fort William, to try their luck with Ben Nevis. There, the sun was shining but time was against them, forcing them into a quicker-than-expected hike up the 1345-metre-high mountain.

Back at their base camp for the evening, and hoping for a well-earned rest, the pair weren’t afforded much in the way of comfort and luxury when their beds for the night turned out to be in a bunk room, shared with six strangers!

Bidding farewell to Scotland, day three saw Mark and Paul head back to the Lake District for their second attempt at the 978 metre Scafell Pike. This time the weather was kind. In Mark’s words, “we lucked out and got some nice weather, making it a pleasant climb and a perfect end to the three days”.

Mark is keen to complete the same challenge again next year but with the ambition of finishing it within a 24-hour period.

Before then, his next chosen challenge is to take on the world’s biggest half marathon: The Great North Run.

The run is well-known for the millions of pounds in sponsorship money its participants raise for charity, and Mark will also be welcoming sponsorship for his run, in memory of his late father. All donations will go to St Oswald’s Hospice – a Newcastle-based charity which campaigns and provides care for people with life-limiting conditions. 

Mark explains: “I want to make the best of the experience by using it to give back to a fantastic organisation that helped my family through a very difficult time a few years ago. Back when I first applied to take part in the Great North Run, I decided I’d run it in memory of my Dad. As it turns out, the race day would have been his birthday.”

The run will take place on 10th September. Please see Mark’s dedicated fundraising page for more information on his forthcoming Great North Run.

Good luck Mark!

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