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Thursday, 02 July 2015

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Maryport man aims to tackle 42 peaks at 42 years

A Maryport man who climbed 40 peaks in 11 hours to celebrate his 40th birthday is now looking to tackle 42 peaks to celebrate his 42nd.

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FLASHBACK: Gerard Mulgrew after doing 40 peaks two years ago

Gerard Mulgrew, of The Promenade, aims to do the notoriously difficult Bob Graham Round in the Lake District, which will see him tackle 42 peaks and 72 miles in 24 hours.

The total climb is 28,500 feet and Mr Mulgrew is in intensive training.

The former body builder said: “I am determined to do this and would like to try and complete the challenge under the 24 hours, although I doubt if I will break the record which is 14 hours.”

The challenge, devised many years ago by Keswick hotelier Bob Graham, is broken into sections: Keswick to Threlkeld, Threlkeld to Dunmail, Dunmail to Wasdale, Wasdale to Honister and back to Keswick.

Mr Mulgrew is hoping to raise money for the Mayfield School in Whitehaven.

He said: “My cousin works there and they do a tremendous job.”

Mr Mulgrew will start his challenge at 7pm on Friday, June 22. He has sponsor forms in Maryport shops, and donations can be made directly to Mayfield School.

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