AN INTREPID businessman has conquered Britain's four highest peaks at lightning speed in a drive to raise funds for poverty stricken Kenyans.
Stuart Atherton, 37, was part of a group of people from England and Northern Ireland who look set to gather a staggering £30,000 in cash pledges for the Friends of Londiani charity.
The Four Peaks Challenge involves scaling the four highest mountains - Snowdon in Wales, Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell in the Lake District and Karantoohill in County Kerry.
Stuart's expedition involved approximately 45 miles of tough hiking and hundreds of miles driving between different parts of the UK. It took him less than 60 hours.
Stuart, who is director of Printel UK on Derby Road, Widnes, said: 'Everything had to be regimented in order to hit the flights and transport at the right time. We were out of bed at 4am and up the mountain, then we were whizzed off to the next one when we got down.
'We started at 4am on Saturday and completed it at 3pm on the Monday.
'It went smoothly, although at one point our map reading went awry and we ended up doing a fifth peak, even though we were pushed for time!
'It was a great event and we are looking at doing a mountain in Kenya next year.'
The cash will go to the Friends of Londiani charity which is building medical facilities and educational camps for villagers in Kenya where HIV and poverty are rife.
Anyone who wishes to make a contribution can e-mail Stuart on email@example.com