Clitheroe fund-raiser to scale six highest peaks

Craig Rawsthorne
Craig Rawsthorne
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Scaling the six highest peaks in each of the UK’s regions, all within 72 hours, is the massive and possibly unique challenge awaiting Clitheroe man Craig Rawsthorne.

Thirty-seven-year-old Craig and his friend Paul Aisthorpe, of Lancaster, will embark on the mammoth test of endurance and strength to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

It involves climbing to the summit of the highest mountain in each of the six regions of the British Isles – England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man.

These are the formidable Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England, Snowdon in Wales, Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland, Carrantuohill in the Republic of Ireland and Snaefell on the Isle of Man.

Craig’s Six Peaks Challenge – beginning on Friday September 26th – takes in 19,370 ft of ascent, around 60 miles of pure hill walking, 1,000 miles of driving and three sea crossings, all to be completed within 72 hours.

Regular readers might recall that last year Craig, who is Manager at Total Foodservice in Clitheroe, raised more than £1,000 for Multiple Sclerosis by cycling 1,200 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats. And earlier this year the Total Foodservice Team of cyclists raised £4,000 for local charity Blackburn Youth Zone on another annual fund-raiser.

“I decided on doing this next challenge for my own personal satisfaction of completing something tougher than I’ve ever done before,” explained Craig.

“I’ve searched the internet and, as far as I know, this hasn’t been done before. Hopefully the weather will be kind and the ferries will be on time!

“It’s not been an easy challenge to plan, with so many factors to consider, and strict time restraints with ferry crossings to meet, traffic to avoid and sleep deprivation. On top of this, two of the six mountains will need to be climbed in darkness.”

Craig is hoping local people will get behind his challenge and help raise money for the vital work of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Anyone wishing to support him can email:

Mountain man Craig Rawsthorne.