Shaw scales Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon to kickstart Worksop’s Sandy Lane fundraising

Mark Shaw climbed Three Peaks for Worksop Town
Mark Shaw climbed Three Peaks for Worksop Town

At 12.50am on Sunday morning Mark Shaw reached the summit of Snowdon and completed his Three Peaks challenge in aid of Worksop Town.

The manager is fundraising to kickstart the club’s bid to purchase the lease for Sandy Lane, and has targetted £2,000 in sponsorship.

Starting his day at 3.55am, Shaw first took on Ben Nevis in Scotland, before travelling back to England to tackle Scafell Pike.

His adventure ended, in darkness, at Snowdon in Wales.

Shaw, who turned 37 on Thursday, said it was the most gruelling thing he had put himself through.

“It was probably the hardest challenge I’ve ever taken on,” he said.

“On Ben Nevis I got 15 minutes away from where I thought the summit was, only to get hit by snow.

“It got quite tough and I got cramp in my leg.”

He recorded a personal best time on Scafell Pike, but traffic encountered earlier in the day in Scotland meant he was late arriving to the third and final mountain in Wales.

“When I got to Snowdon is was 9pm, and the forecast sunset was 9.55pm, but when I set off the board at the foot of the mountain said 9.45pm for sunset.

“The mist came all the way in and then there was no light, it was pitch black, quiet and cold and I thought I was really going to struggle.

“I lost the path twice and it was quite scary, but it was the most rewarding thing and the most invigorating thing.”

The manager, who took charge of Worksop in 2013, hopes that local people will be inspired to get behind the club.

“I hope it’s got people thinking about what we’re doing and realising we’re trying our very best to get this ground back.

“It means a lot to me, and if I can climb three mountains in a day then maybe we can start to get the money together to purchase the lease.”

Sandy Lane leaseholder Pete Whitehead put the lease up for sale in 2013.