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Mossbourne teens hike 96 miles to top of Ben Nevis to raise £1,000 for Hackney sports charity

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:08 07 August 2017

The students hiking from Inverness to the peak of Ben Nevis. Left to right: Harry Morrison, Marley Silcott, Simon Fuentes Dorado, Victory Akam and Fionn Glancy. Picture: Marley Silcott

The students hiking from Inverness to the peak of Ben Nevis. Left to right: Harry Morrison, Marley Silcott, Simon Fuentes Dorado, Victory Akam and Fionn Glancy. Picture: Marley Silcott

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Five lads from Mossbourne Community Academy hiked 96 miles to the top of Ben Nevis to raise money for a Hackney sports charity.

The students hiking from Inverness to the peak of Ben Nevis. Picture: Marley SilcottThe students hiking from Inverness to the peak of Ben Nevis. Picture: Marley Silcott

The boys, all 17, braved injury, heat and hunger to make it to the summit of Britain’s highest mountain in six days, raising nearly £1,000 for Greenhouse Sports.

“There couldn’t have been a better challenge than choosing the highest mountain in the UK,” Marley Silcott told the Gazette. “The views were sensational, absolutely staggering.”

The tennis lover said he and his friends was forced to push their limits in every way during the trek from Inverness to the peak.

“The biggest mental and physical challenge was definitely the day when we had to walk 28 extra miles,” he said.

Marley Silcott with a Greenhouse Sports t-shirt. The group has raised nearly £1,000 for the charity. Picture: Marley SilcottMarley Silcott with a Greenhouse Sports t-shirt. The group has raised nearly £1,000 for the charity. Picture: Marley Silcott

One of his friends injured his ankle and the group had to put him on a boat.

“Where the boat stopped was in a place called Gairlochy, 28 miles from Fort Augustus, where we were at the time,” he said.

“We had no choice but to cover that distance before we stopped.

“That day was 25 degrees and was gruelling in every sense.”

The students hiking from Inverness to the peak of Ben Nevis. Picture: Marley SilcottThe students hiking from Inverness to the peak of Ben Nevis. Picture: Marley Silcott

They also walked an extra mile that day to have lunch, only to find the café closed.

“We finished the walk in the dark,” Marley added. “It was an ordeal we won’t forget quickly.”

Victory Akam, the boy who hurt his ankle, added: “It was very tough for me to keep up with the rest of the group, especially since the incident took place on the first day.

“But I’m proud we all completed the challenge. It was a really enriching experience.”

Breathtaking: One of Marley's snaps from the trip. Picture: Marley SilcottBreathtaking: One of Marley's snaps from the trip. Picture: Marley Silcott

The boys are raising sponsorship through a Just Giving page, where they are just a few pounds off their target.

Social media has helped them spread word of the project since they set off on July 15.

Fionn Glancy, another member of the group, said: “It’s really rewarding to raise money for children who aren’t financially able to practise sports.

“The whole experience definitely surpassed my expectations. And we also just had a good laugh about everything.”

The other two participants were Simon Fuentes Dorado and Harry Morrison.

You can add to the boys’ fundraising page at justgiving.com/fundraising/marley-silcott.

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