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IT professionals say they like a challenge. Now they can prove it - by climbing the three highest mountains in the UK within 24 hours.

Children's Aid Direct is once again hosting the Vanco Three Peaks Challenge, which allows hoards of IT staff to scale Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Snowdon in North Wales to raise money for charity. Entry is free, although each team is expected to raise at least £5,000 in sponsorship for Children's Aid Direct.

Teams are made up of seven walkers and a support team of at least two people to share the driving and encourage the walkers. And you don't have to be experienced walkers to take part. Children's Aid Direct provides a fitness training programme, discounts on equipment, fundraising ideas and navigation training days.

The event, which takes place on the weekend of 20 May, is aimed specifically at IT people. IT directors are let off the hook somewhat as there is the Directors Challenge on Sunday morning - climbing Mount Snowdon only.

Anyone interested in taking part in the challenge can apply online (go to the Challenge section) or by phoning 0118-953 3238 for further details and an application form. The organisers advise people to get in touch soon as places are limited.


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