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Robert aims for a peak performance

BY STACEY HEANEY

Robert brushes up on his map-reading skills during a recent preparatory expedition to The Mournes.DROMORE teenager Robert Hutton is set for the challenge of a lifetime when he takes part in the Four Peaks Challenge this summer.

Robert will be amongst 12 teenagers aged between 15 and 18, who are all members of the Army Cadet Force, who have set themselves the ' goal of climbing the United Kingdom's four highest mountains in the space of just 36 hours.

The Cadets will start their marathon climb by tackling the summit of Slieve Donard (849 metres), before travelling to Scotland to scale the UK's highest mountain: Ben Nevis (1344 metres), then moving on to Scarfell Pike in England, (978 metres). Finally they will tackle Mount Snowdon in North Wales a gruelling 1085 metres, an assault which will be made even tougher as, in all likelihood, they will complete the climb in darkness.

While the sense of achievement will be remarkable, the tough teens have an even higher goal in mind as they are using the Four Peaks Climb to raise funds for The Ulster Cancer Foundation.

Already the cadets have been busy with cake sales, non uniform days, bag packing and car boot sales to get the cash flowing, but they are optimistic that the Four Peaks Climb will attract even higher sponsorship to enable the charity to continue to support around 8,700 local people who are diagnosed with cancer each year.

Donations to support the Cadets' Four Peaks Climb can be made payable to NITR, c/o 34 Cadet Training Team, St Patrick's Barracks, Ballymena.

Ulster Star
15/06/2007