Two young British men scaled the highest peaks in each of the UK’s 4 nations, without the use of air travel. The challenge was completed at 03.52am this morning.

Freddie John, 21 and Joe Atherley, 23, who both graduated from University of Exeter last year, began their attempt at 04.10 on 8th June, climbing Slieve Donard (Northern Ireland), before Snowdon (Wales), Scafell Pike (England), and finally Ben Nevis (Scotland). The feat included 30.5 miles of running and 559 miles of driving across some of the most challenging and picturesque terrains in the UK. It was an extreme challenge of logistics, as well as mental and physical resistance.

Both are raising money for charities close to their hearts. Freddie’s cause is the Motor Neurone Disease Association, after his school teacher developed MND and MND claimed the lives of two relatives. Joe is planning to join the army and is raising money for Help for Heroes.

The men, who met at the University of Exeter bonded over a shared love of skiing, say they are motivated by the challenge of setting a new record.

A documentary crew has followed their attempt.

Commenting on his achievement, Joe Atherley said: “It was a personal challenge. When we heard no-one had ever done this before, we wanted to see if it would be possible.”

Freddie John added: “We achieved it with 18 minutes to spare – it was utterly exhausting – physically and mentally, but well worth the challenge and we raised thousands for charity.”

Freddie, who read Biochemistry, has spent the winter working as a ski instructor in Switzerland and will be starting work as a medical researcher this summer. Joe, who studied history, is at the start of his career with the Army Reserve and is planning to join the Regulars next year.

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