AN ASSISTANT Scout leader in Cookley has completed the Three Peaks challenge in horrendous weather conditions to raise money for his group.

Jamie Brighton, 20, assistant Scout leader for KD10 (Cookley), started his adventure - which sees participants scale the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales - at noon on Saturday, June 22 and finished at midnight on Sunday, June 23. So far, he has collected about £450.

Starting with Ben Nevis, in Scotland, Mr Brighton and his climbing group took advantage of the longest day of the year. He moved on to Scafell Pike in England and climbed during the night by torchlight.

As the weather conditions deteriorated, several climbers had to rest under emergency shelters with the group’s guides fighting the elements to find other climbers who had become lost on the mountain track - including one woman who had fallen and broken her leg.

On the Sunday morning, he moved on to Snowdon in Wales and described it as a wet climb with freezing and extremely windy conditions at the summit.

“After growing up in a Scouting and hiking family it was something I had always wanted to do,” said Mr Brighton. “It had always been a dream and I wanted to make it a reality.

“It was very tiring due to the horrendous weather we had, making it 10 times harder but it was very enjoyable and I’m glad I did it. I plan to do it again next year with a quicker time.”

Mr Brighton said the adventure had given him plenty of stories to tell Cookley Scouts at their next meeting.