They did it! Five friends are on top of the world after completing an challenging trek in South America.
It has been an adventure of a lifetime for brothers Richard and Nick Parker, Craig Mordue and Steven Auston, from Easington, and Chris Walls, of Houghton.
They set off for Peru earlier this month and on Monday they celebrated completing the Inca Trail at Machu Picchu, for two great charities.
The lads shared their success instantly by posting a picture of themselves at the finish to their supporters on Twitter.
Richard posted the picture with the message: “Keeping the Macmillan flag flying high, just finished the Inca Trail.” He added: “Now for a few well deserved beers.”
It took the team around a week of relentless trekking and steep climbs on narrow trails before reaching the top altitude at 4,200 metres above sea level.
Now for a few well deserved beersRichard Parker
All the money they raise will be split evenly between Macmillan Cancer Support and the Alzheimer’s Society.
They hope the final figure will top £20,000.
Richard and Nick, have previously raised about £18,000 between them over recent years for Macmillan Cancer Support, in memory of their mum Gillian, who died from breast cancer in 1984.
They undertook a 100-mile, week-long hike along the Great Wall of China last year.
Richard, 45, who is also a volunteer for Macmillan, said before he left for Peru: “I suffer from asthma a little bit, so it will be a particularly tough challenge for me for that reason.
“A friend of mine did it in May, and they said it was the hardest thing they had ever done in their life, which wasn’t what I wanted to hear.
“I’ve done a lot of training, though, to build up my lung capacity.”
You can still donate, at www.justgiving.com/oneinagillian2 or www.justgiving.com/incatrailseptember2015