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Drinkers pay the forfeit

PUBLISHED: 09:05 13 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

ONE too many drinks at a New Year gathering has a left a group of men with more than a mountain to climb.

The five men who all play for the Felixstowe and Walton over 35s football team are set for one of the most physically challenging adventures of their life - the Three Peaks Challenge.

ONE too many drinks at a New Year gathering has a left a group of men with more than a mountain to climb.

The five men who all play for the Felixstowe and Walton over 35s football team are set for one of the most physically challenging adventures of their life - the Three Peaks Challenge.

The challenge for Kevin Welton, 41, Steve Bloomfield, 43, Tony Chambers, Mike Chambers, 44, Mike Evennett, 45 and Steve Hill, 40, are gearing themselves up to climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales.

They aim to climb Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon within the space of 24 hours.

As part of the challenge the men, who call themselves the Stella Ramblers, are raising money for the charity, Disability Care Enterprise.

The Evening Star's Press Ball, which is being held next month, is also supporting this charity and is aiming to raise £20,000 to help 20 needy children.

Kevin Welton said: "We all decided to give the challenge ago after one too many Stellas.

"We decided to do it because the charity is so worthwhile and does a lot of good work for disabled children."

As part of the group's training they have already successfully walked up Mount Snowdon but say the thought of doing the other two mountains on the dame day has set the alarm bells ringing.

"Snowdon wasn't too bad but knowing we have to walk the other two beforehand is scary.

"It has certainly opened our eyes to what lies ahead.

"Travelling between the mountains is probably going to be the worst part as our muscles are likely to seize up.

"However, we have invested in a good pair of walking boots and have been walking up and down Felixstowe beach to try and get us into shape," said Mr Welton.

Although the men have not yet given up alcohol as part of their training, they do intend to have an alcohol free week prior to their challenge on June 1.

Mr Welton's wife will be offering her healing hands as the teams physiotherapist for the gruelling challenge and thankfully a friend will be driving them from mountain to mountain.

The men hope to raise about £4,000 for charity and anybody wishing to sponsor them can contact Kevin Welton on 07768 810673.


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