Three friends will run up and down one of Britain’s highest mountains this weekend for charity.
John Bishton, Robert Dashwood and Daniel Kilvington-Mason will run 22 miles up Mount Snowdon in Wales on Saturday.
The friends, all from Richmond, are taking on the legendary Man vs Mountain challenge.
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As well as the run which starts at sea level, competitors take on a 25m river swim, a jump into a disused quarry lake and a rapid abseil down the side of a rock face.
The men are raising money for Crohn’s & Colitis UK.
The charity was chosen because John, 36, a postman, has ulcerative colitis, an incurable bowel disease which meant he had to have his large bowel removed in a major operation.
He said: “To suddenly realise your life was about to change in such a way was hard to grasp at first.
“Coming out of hospital four stone lighter and now having a bag attached to my side which was now how I went to the toilet was certainly a bit of a life changer.”
He added: “But with the help of close friends and my amazing partner who is now my wife, and some very strong determination, I quickly got back on track and on top of it all.
“I was back running and back playing football back doing most things i did before.
“Now after two more operations I am now bag free and managing to push myself more than I ever used to, which resulted in this madness challenge we’ve managed to get ourselves into.”
John said he would like to raise money and awareness for the condition.
“At the moment there is no cure and doctors are still unsure to what causes crohn’s and colitis,” he added.
The three men set an initial target of £600 but with on and off-line donations they have already raised around £1,200, however more donations are wanted.
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