09/07/09 - Thomas Vale Employees complete 8 mile climb

On Saturday 16th May 2009 four Thomas Vale Employees put on their climbing boots in a bid to raise money for charity by taking part the Snowdon 500 challenge. The four gentlemen, Richard O'Connor, Paul Cain, Steve Rose and Steve Green successfully completed the gruelling 8 mile climb to the top of the 3,560ft mountain in approximately 4 hours.

The Snowdon 500 challenge is a day when 500 participants from all over the UK climb to the top of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and Great Britain south of the Scottish Highlands. It is located in Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd. The challenge is a fundraising event which has taken place over the past two years, it provides the opportunity for people to get involved and raise money for Prostate Cancer Research Centre.

Weather conditions on the mountain were extremely difficult with storm force winds gusting to more than 70 mph on the summit ridge, with driving rain and occasional hail thrown in for good value. The local mountain rescue warned that conditions at the summit were potentially dangerous and it was therefore decided to advise participants to avoid the summit and instead ascend the Miners Track (to just below the summit ridge) and return via the Pyg Track.

However despite the warnings the foolhardy team from Thomas Vale continued on to the summit raising a impressive £1500 for charity including a generous donation of £500 from Thomas Vale. An overall sum of at least £150,000 was raised from the event and this may well increase over the next couple of months as “gift aid” is taken into account and fundraising activities continue.