HARTLEPOOL United boss Colin Cooper had more than a mountain to climb on his latest challenge – he had three.
The football manager and more than 100 supporters scaled the three highest peaks in Yorkshire this weekend to raise thousands for a charity he helped set up in his son’s memory.
Walkers hailed from as far afield as Portsmouth and Australia for Saturday’s Three Peaks Challenge.
Colin, 47, said: “We had well over 100 people with us. The majority got round in 12 hours or less.
“They have all contributed to raising funds for the charity and they all felt a sense of achievement which is amazing.
“The day went better than we could have hoped for and we are very pleased at the charity.”
The event saw everyone trek up Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough – a total distance of 26 miles – in one day.
All funds raised will go to the work of The Finlay Cooper Foundation.
The charity was set up by Colin and his wife Julie to raise funds for children’s charities and good causes in memory of their much-loved son Finlay who they lost in a choking accident shortly before his second birthday.
Colin added: “There was a good mix of old, young, male and female.
“There was one family who set off from Portsmouth via Devon to pick someone up and there was one guy from Sydney who was here visiting a friend take part.
“There were also quite a few Hartlepool fans, which was great.
“There is no doubt the charity is going to benefit from a pretty decent total.
“Every penny that comes in goes back out. The charity has had a fantastic year and this is another massive tick.”
Another person who did his bit for The Finlay Cooper Fund with a mammoth running challenge the same day was Pools fan Paul Smith.
The 51-year-old from Sherburn Hill, in Durham, set himself the tough task of running 100 miles on the longest day at Pools’ Maiden Castle training ground in Durham.
He notched up an incredible 90.1 miles by running for over 17 hours after starting at midnight on Saturday.
Paul, who works for Durham County Council, said afterwards: “I’m hurting, it was tough.
“A few people came down to support me and I inspired a few people to join me on the track.”
He raised around £800 for the Finlay Cooper Trust and the Retired Greyhound Trust.