Super great-grandad completes Three Peaks Challenge

Paul and Shane Allen climbing up Snowdonia - completing the National Three Peaks Challenge

Paul and Shane Allen climbing up Snowdonia - completing the National Three Peaks Challenge - Credit: Shane Allen

He might be pushing 80, but one Fakenham great-grandad is proving that age is just a number after he completed the three peaks.

Paul Allen, from Fakenham, is a mountain climbing king after climbing Snowdonia and completing the National Three Peaks Challenge on July 30.

Mr Allen climbed Ben Nevis last year, and Scafell Pike seven years ago.

Paul Allen sharing his views from Ben Nevis on June 30.

Paul Allen sharing his views from Ben Nevis on June 30. - Credit: Paul Allen

The 78-year-old’s family and himself donated £300 to Cancer Research as part of the climb.

He hopes his effort will inspire others to do something similar, regardless of their age.

“I am really hoping that I will encourage other people to take part and do something similar for charity and help them out,” Mr Allen said.

Paul Allen climbing up Snowdonia - completing the National Three Peaks Challenge

Paul Allen climbing up Snowdonia - completing the National Three Peaks Challenge - Credit: Shane Allen

“The three peaks is something I have always wanted to do, I hope to inspire a couple more people my age to take it on.”

Mr Allen added that he would have turned around and tried again due to the wet and windy weather he and his son Shane faced on the climb up Snowdonia - but due to the 300 miles between home and the peak, decided to push on.

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“It felt like winter up there,” he added.

Paul and Shane Allen climbing up Snowdonia - completing the National Three Peaks Challenge

Paul and Shane Allen climbing up Snowdonia - completing the National Three Peaks Challenge - Credit: Shane Allen

“We could not get any of the lovely views which is a shame, but with these peaks, it's pot luck.

“The wind was so strong, you felt that you were holding on or would have been blown off.

“But when we finished it, that was lovely and so pleasing, I am more proud of doing it.”

Paul and Shane Allen climbing up Snowdonia - completing the National Three Peaks Challenge

Paul and Shane Allen climbing up Snowdonia - completing the National Three Peaks Challenge - Credit: Shane Allen

The grandad-of-four, and great-grandad-of-five (with one more on the way), is known as a bit of a thrill seeker.

Over the years, he has ridden in a hot air balloon, driven racing cars, shot up like a rocket in a glider and flown in a tiger moth.

One of his grandchildren, Lauren Duraj, said: “As a family, we are so proud of him, it has always been on his bucket list to complete the three peaks. It is really wonderful to see him achieve it,m especially given the tough conditions, I do not think I could have done it.

Paul Allen scaled Nevis with a mountain guide and three other walkers alongside him on his way up the Scottish summit.

Paul Allen scaled Nevis with a mountain guide and three other walkers alongside him on his way up the Scottish summit. - Credit: Paul Allen

“He has always been challenged himself, so it was not a surprise he completed this life long dream of his.”

You might think as Mr Allen approaches 80 he might slow down, but that is far from the truth.

He now has dreams of taking part in a spitfire flight.

“I have got good health, i might as well make good use of it, that's how I look at it.”