Stonehaven man completes mountain challenge

MOUNTAIN man: Dave Jacobs, from Stonehaven cycled between the five snow resorts in Scotland, running to the top lift station at each one.
MOUNTAIN man: Dave Jacobs, from Stonehaven cycled between the five snow resorts in Scotland, running to the top lift station at each one.
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A STONEHAVEN man has completed a gruelling fundraising challenge which saw him cycle between each of Scotlands five snow resorts and run to the top lift station at each - in just four days.

Dave Jacobs, who is manager at the Aberdeen Snowsports Centre set off from Aberdeen on June 6 and reached the finishing point at Glencoe four days later, a full day earlier than expected.

Dave was delighted to reach the finish, in what he described as a few days of “pretty harsh conditions”.

He has pledged to raise £18,000 to help towards purchasing a new minibus for the cente - an artificial ski slopes facility - enabling it to provide transport for school and community groups in Aberdeenshire who come for lessons.

After setting off from Aberdeen last Monday< Dave embarked on a 65 mile cycle to Glenshee before racing 1068m to the top. The following day he continued to the Lecht, a distance of 31 miles, before climbing 823m to the top.

The next leg of Dave’s journey took him to Cairngorm, 40 miles away, with a top station of 1097m, and from there he cycled to Nevis Range, 64 miles away and up to a height of 1220m.

Finally he headed to Glencoe where he finally completed his challenge after running 1108m to the top.

Dave thanked his sponsors who included Craigdon, Cotswold, Edinburgh Cycles, Run4it and Salomon UK. He said: “I can honestly say that all their support made a massive difference to me completing the challenge.”

To prepare for his challenge, Dave took advantage of the local hills near his hometown, as well as pounding up and down the 272 steps leading to Dunnottar Castle.

Once purchased, the minibus will be used to enable more youngsters and community groups to come to the ski centre to try skiing and snowboarding, as well as providing transport for those already in the Kids Club to other venues for competitions and training.