Nine-year-old Farnworth boy completes three peaks challenge for new football boots
A NINE-year-old boy scaled three peaks in just over 10 hours — spurred on by the promise of a new pair of football boots.
Oliver Brydon, of Harper Street, Farnworth, tackled the Yorkshire Three Peaks in 10 hours and five minutes, despite no previous hiking experience.
Dennis Steele, who lives in Egerton, took his grandson on the walk, which takes in the peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, which stands at 691 metres, Whernside, 728 metres, and Ingleborough, 723 metres.
Oliver, now the proud owner of a new pair of orange football boots, said: “I climbed three mountains, well hills, in 10 hours.
“I really wanted those football boots. I was confident but tired because I had to get up at 5am. We got ready to walk and then we set off. The first one was the hardest because it was very steep. Then we did the second one, which was easy. Grandad kept saying, once we got half way on the first one, ‘you’ve just got your laces’.”
Oliver, who goes to Eagley Juniors and plays football for the school team, received a certificate from the Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club to celebrate his achievement.
Mr Steele said: “Oliver got round in 10 hours and five minutes.
“He was at the back of me, singing. He actually finished it doing four miles an hour.
“I couldn’t believe it — a kid who had never walked in his life at that distance and ascent.
“He made such light work of it.”
Oliver’s mum Katie, aged 34, said: “My dad took me when I was Oliver’s age.
“He’s happy. I didn’t think he would get round it, but he was fine. I think he’ll do a different one now.”
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