A SUDBURY man has scaled the highest peaks in the UK to raise awareness of a disease which affected his best friend at a young age.
Kris Whybrow, 35, from Constable Road, completed the Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday by climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales – all in 24 hours.
He was joined by best friend Pete Vale, 37, from Haverhill.
As a 13-year-old boy, Pete was told he would be in a wheelchair by the age of 18 after suffering from juvenile arthritis.
But after successful hospital treatment, Pete soon recovered and has now tackled the gruelling mountaineering challenge, raising about £800 for the charity Arthritis Care.
The pair first scaled Ben Nevis (1,344 metres high) in the Highlands, before climbing Scafell Pike (978m) in Cumbria and finally Snowden (1,085m) in Wales.
Kris explained how it was one of the hardest things he had ever done in his life.
He said: “The challenge went really well. We did it in the allocated time but it was tough.
“I injured my leg on the way down Ben Nevis and had excruciating pain in my left knee. At one point, I thought I wouldn’t be able to complete the challenge.
“Luckily, the guides we had with us gave me some painkillers and supported me so I was able to finish the hike. I felt like I was fighting for survival; I quite enjoyed it.”
The pair wanted to take on the challenge to raise awareness about the charity and, specifically, arthritis in young people.
Kris said: “Pete suffered from arthritis very badly when he was younger so we took on the challenge for that reason.”
To sponsor Pete and Kris, visit: www.justgiving.com/peter-kris.