Duo's epic Pendle hill challenge will raise vital funds for Burnley charity specialising in mental health support

The pandemic may have ended Scott Pickles' plans to conquer Everest Base Camp this year, but he is still embarking on an epic challenge that would test even the fittest of people.

Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 3:45 pm

For Scott will attempt to 'lap' Pendle as many times as possible in 24 hours!

Scott came up with the challenge after his plans to climb Imja Tse, next to Everest Base Camp, were cancelled.

He wanted to replace one challenge with another, and after completing 25 laps of Pendle in 25 days earlier this year, he decided he wasn’t quite done with the hill.

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The trig point at Pendle Hill is going to be a very familiar sight to Scott Pickles (left) and Deehan during their plan to lap the hill as many times as possible in 24 hours

And he will be joined by his friend, John Deehan, who made a throwaway comment that he would join Scott when the pair were on a lads' holiday in Ibiza earlier this year. Scott held him to his promise and the duo have been training for the challenge, which is now just two weeks away.

John, who is news editor at the Burnley Express, said: "I'm still not sure how, when or why I ended up agreeing to this. Until we started training - and I'm using that term loosely - I don't think I'd ever gone up Pendle more than once in a week.

"It’s going to be pitch black for the majority of the hike, most likely chucking it down, and the chances are the pubs aren't even going to be open afterwards.

"But we are looking forward to the challenge, and we're raising money for a fantastic cause so we know each and every step will be worthwhile."

Scott (right) and John during one of their 'dummy runs' around Pendle

The duo have done several hours of training and 'dummy runs' for the main event on Friday, October 23rd, which will see them set off from the bottom gate with each loop taking in a 200 metre climb covering a distance of around 1.5 mlle.

Aiming to complete as many loops as possible, the pals are raising cash for Burnley based charity PH7 which specialises in mental health support.

The charity runs free four-week courses, targeting depression and anxiety, which are only made possible through private fundraising.

Burnley man Scott hoped a trek that was something a bit different would attract a lot of support for the work of the organisation that is even more vital and in demand since the start of the pandemic.

And he was right, for they have already raised £1,312 towards their £2,000 target.

Construction worker Scott said: "No donation is too small for this charity that is doing some fantastic work.

"We really hope people will get behind us with this.

"We've already had so much support and I'd like to thank some of the companies I do work for - AMS Neve, The Landmark, Ivy House, KPL Metals - for sponsoring us."

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