First aid volunteer Jason gears up for mammoth mountain trek

Jason Pike is in training for his trek across Wales on bicycle and on foot in aid of St John Ambulan

Jason Pike is in training for his trek across Wales on bicycle and on foot in aid of St John Ambulance. Ref mhh 4652-18-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

A Honiton-born man is hoping to net thousands of pounds for charity when he and five others take on a gruelling five-day-long trek across the Welsh mountains.

St John Ambulance volunteer Jason Pike will travel from the Brecon Beacons to Snowdonia over five days next month – scaling three of the country’s highest peaks along the way.

The former Honiton Community College student is aiming to raise money for the ambulance charity, which teaches more than 800,000 people a year how to save a life.

The 34-year-old said: “I joined St John Ambulance three years ago as a way to help people, and this challenge is another way of doing that.

“‘The organisation is great, as you work with a variety of different people, differing ages and backgrounds.

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“I enjoy going on duty because I attend various events as a first aider which I wouldn’t normally go to.”

Between ascents, Jason will have to cycle at least 75 miles and run roughly 40 miles, before reaching the finish line at the summit of Snowdon.

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Including walking, he and his fellow teammates will cover the equivalent of two marathons on foot. Jason’s fundraising team is made up of friends who volunteer for the charity in Taunton: George Gillard, Ricky Duke, Rory Crampton, Kate Hemmings and Adam Evans.

So far, Jason has raised £100 in sponsorship. Collectively, the group has scooped £233 in donations – some way off their target of £3,000.

The volunteers will tackle three peaks. The first is Pen-y-Fan (2,907 feet/886 metres) in the Brecon Beacons National Park, the highest peak in South Wales.

The second is Cadair Idris (2,930 feet/893 metres), at the southern end of Snowdonia National Park near Dolgellau.

Lastly, they will scale Snowdon (3,560 feet/1,085 metres) - the highest mountain in Wales and the tallest peak in Britain, outside of Scotland.

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