Three Peaks – What happened?

As you know I was going to attempt the National UK three peak challenge with several of my colleagues from work. July 4th was the date picked for the challenge, but we decided to head up to Scotland on the 2nd to have some social time drinking and having a look around the local area.

We left from work at 6.30am, which was just after I finished my 12 hour shift. I was quite surprised by the lack of traffic on the journey. We hit the morning rush, but even that wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be.


We hit the border of Scotland at 4.20pm after a couple of stops to change drivers / breakfast and fag breaks, and arrived at our chalet shortly after 7pm.




Our first port of call after checking into the chalet was to find out where the local shop was, and to grab some drinks for the nights entertainment.


After dinner the drinking games began. I ended up drinking close to three quarters of a litre of vodka, half a bottle of Mikey Finns, and a glass of Disaronno and God only knows what the others drank!





Needless to say it got very messy. None of us got any sleep until around 6.30pm the next day.

We started our three peak challenge with Ben Nevis as one normally would. The weather wasn’t that great. It was raining and very gusty. Unfortunately I never managed to get up to the top of Ben Nevis, but managed to get about 3/4 of the way up before having to turn around due to the issues I was having with my chest and breathing. The others however managed to get up to the very top, which was good. I did however manage to get some photos.







After everyone managed to come back down Ben Nevis in one piece we headed off on our travels to Scafell Pike. Sadly because my chest was still bad from going up Ben Nevis I didn’t attempt this one. Neither did Danielle because of her knee, but Billy and Pat did. We got there just before sun down and the boys headed off up the second mountain.


By the time they had made any significant progress the light had disappeared and they were finding it hard to navigate with only head torches to enable them to see where they were going. Sadly they didn’t make it to the top of the mountain as they must have taken a wrong turn somewhere along their route, and were stopped in their tracks by a deep stream that they felt was too fast flowing and deep to cross safely.





After the boys came back down we headed off to Wales to start our journey up Mount Snowdon.

As my chest and Daniells knee were feeling much better we all attempted Snowdon. We arrived at the base of the mountain at around 5am. We prepared ourselves, got hydrated, and had our pre walk toilet time! We all decided that as we haven’t managed to complete all of the mountains finishing this last one in a quick time was off the table, and we would take the time to enjoy the walk and views, and thats exactly what we did! Check out the photos from this one!














So, that was our trip. Although we didn’t actually complete the three peak challenge we really enjoyed the experience.

Fathers Day

It’s already been a while since I last saw my two, so Fathers Day was just the opportunity to make sure I had the time off of work and go spend time with the kids.

I set off relatively early from home and made my way down to Winchester to pick the kids up for the day and take them out for some quality father, son, and daughter time.

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We love Moors Valley Country Park so that’s definitely on the agenda. We arrived there shortly after midday and hired some bicycles, grabbed a map, picked out route, and headed off into the woods!

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We enjoyed the cycle route that much we did it twice and then a bit more!

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It’s now reaching around 4.30pm and we’ve handed the bikes back after completing around an 11 mile cycle route through the forest. We’re pretty tired, so we headed off back to Winchester, but ended up stopping for a while at Nomans Land in the New Forest. On the way the tunes were going and it was nice and sunny. Needless to say we were all having a good time. As I’m driving down the A31 I notice the kids in the rear view mirror. I had to get this!

It made me chuckle so much. Bless them.

A quick stop off and a walk and then off to dinner.

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Help Molly to walk

A charity was picked for our three peaks challenge next month and as you can probably guess from the title of this post it’s to help a little girl known as Molly.


Molly has cerebral palsy, which causes the muscles in her legs to become tight and very painful. At the moment Molly is using a walker or a wheelchair to get around, but she has one single wish – to be able to walk without pain.

There is an operation available for Molly in the USA that will fulfill Molly’s wish, but she needs your help. The operation, travel and after care is quite expensive and costs around £60,000. You can help Molly’s dream become a reality. You can support her by donating to her just giving page.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and decide to donate to help Molly’s wish become a reality. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

CSCS Certificate

It’s now the 7th of May and at 11am this morning I had my CSCS test, and as I had hoped I passed my test. This is great news for me as it opens up so many doors for me within the company.

Now that I have my CSCS certificate I will be arranging with my supervisor’s permission and assistance days out with the crews and inspectors, at least that’s the goal any way.


Within the next 18 – 24 months I would like to start moving my career towards becoming an inspector on the roads, so learning how the MRT’s and the inspectors do their jobs will be very handy when a position does become available, but as we are nearing the end of the contract with Highways England I don’t know how this will turn out. Either way, the experience I have currently should allow me to get a job somewhere else if all goes to pot for the rebid next month.