Walking on with a trek challenge

KMI team; Mark Harrison, Ryan Hennessy, Gary King, Mike Taylor, Jonathan Edwards, Rob Horan, Charles Coates and Mark Rittenberg
KMI team; Mark Harrison, Ryan Hennessy, Gary King, Mike Taylor, Jonathan Edwards, Rob Horan, Charles Coates and Mark Rittenberg

A TEAM of intrepid Wigan walkers have raised more than £7,500 by completing a gruelling trek through the Lake District.

Members of KMI Plus set off to take part in the COINS 24 Peak Challenge which raises money for the COINS foundation to help fund infrastructure projects in the UK and Africa.

This test of endurance, stamina and mental and physical fitness involved hiking through the heart of the Lake District.

Team leader Mike Taylor said: “This is the toughest challenge COINS organise in the UK, and it lived up to its billing.

“The weather over the weekend, although beautiful, didn’t help us. The heat sapped everyone’s energy within a few hours and it took real determination and team moral to push everyone through.”

The challenge involves 24 peaks, each over 2,400 ft, with a total 13,000 ft height gain, covering 32.5 miles in just 24 hours.

The team was led by Michael Taylor, 32, and with Jonathan Edwards, Charles Coates, Gary King, Ryan Hennessy, Robert Horan, Mark Rittenberg, and Mark Harrison, with support crew and drivers Simon Sheil, and Paul Brooks.