Taxi driver RUNS Three Peaks Challenge

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A ENERGETIC taxi driver from Bulwell has completed a tough charity challenge — by RUNNING up Britain’s three highest peaks for charity.

The famous Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District, Cumbria and Mount Snowdon in Wales.

Paul Morley (pictured), of Latham Street, decided to up the ante by lacing up his running shoes and completed the climbs in a total time of just six-and-a-half hours when discarding travelling time.

All he carried was a back pack for water, jumpers and a first aid kit.

“It’s a bit more of a challenge instead of just walking up!,” he said.

“I think you need a challenge in life. It was a bit different. Certainly something I’ve never done before!”

The 46-year-old cabbie, who works for the A2B Cars taxi firm in Kimberley, raised £250 for the British Heart Foundation and said he was overwhelmed with the generosity of his customers.

“People would pay me and say ‘and there’s another £5 on top’,” he said. “It was lovely because we’re in a recession after all.

“I would take people into town for £15 and they would give me £25 and say put it towards your challenge.”

Paul decided he wanted to do something for the British Heart Foundation after his popular DJ friend from Ilkeston, ‘Big Al’, died suddenly of heart failure a couple of years ago.

He completed the challenge with friend Michael Leek, who raised money for MacMillan Cancer Support, and with the help of driver, Collin Porter.

Fitness fanatic Paul wants to thank everyone who sponsored him.

Paul has done various other charity challenges in the past, such as pulling a 13-tonne wagon with a team of several others.