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4 Peaks Challenge 2003

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The teams will start their challenge on Thursday 3 July by scaling Ben Nevis in Scotland, and on Friday 4 July will climb both Helvellyn in England and Snowdon in Wales. From there, via a ferry ride to Ireland, the teams walk up Carantouhill on Saturday 5 July to complete the challenge.

The Gloucester RFC and Zurich teams are as follows:

ZurichJames Hill (Corporate Marketing Director)Wallace Dobbin (Director of Strategy, Marketing & Communicatons)David Leake (Head of Brand Identity)Belinda Tullock (Marketing Communications Consultant)

The Evil Diesels (Gloucester RFC)Wayne Diesel (Head Physio)Dean Ryan (Head Coach)Rob Mackay (Club Doctor)Nigel Melville (Director of Rugby)

Archer's Arrows (Gloucester RFC)Ed Archer (Fitness & Conditioning Coach)Kim Owen (Sports Therapist)Pete Glanville (Team Manager)Adrienne Eley (Team Administrator)

Nigel Melville – Director of Rugby at Gloucester RFC said, "Climbing two mountains in one day will be a real challenge. I have been up two of the mountains before, Snowdon and Helvellyn, but not one after the other. To climb Helvellyn, and then have a four to five hour travel time when you can stiffen up, before getting out and climbing again will be a real test.

"This is all in aid of a very good cause though, and something I would call a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

James Hill of Zurich commented, "As part of our training we've tackled Helvellyn, Snowdon and the Brecon Beacons, and we've been loading up on carbohydrates over the weekend. We're all raring to go now to see how we fare on the challenge. Whatever the result, it's for a fantastic cause – for the Wooden Spoon Society, helping disadvantaged and disabled children."

Dean Ryan – Gloucester Head Coach, who also ran in the Reading half marathon in April as part of Gloucester's fundraising programme, commented, "It is a very good opportunity for us to do something as a group of people for a very worthwhile charity. We are running almost every morning and it is certainly not easy."

Pete Glanville, former team manager at Gloucester, added, "Its like being back in pre-season training. I thought I was past that. We've been meeting at 7.30am to go a 60 minute run before starting work."

About the Wooden Spoon Society:The Wooden Spoon Society, the charity of British rugby, was formed in Dublin in 1983 when a group of English rugby supporters were presented with a wooden spoon by their Irish hosts to symbolise England coming last in the annual Five Nations Championship.

The charity of the four home nations' rugby unions, the Society raises an average of £25,000 per week and has around 6,500 members based in 28 national and regional committees throughout the UK.

Money is raised from active events for projects to support disabled and disadvantaged youngsters, helping the Society live up to its motto: "Wooden Spoon Stirs Smiles".

To find out more about the Wooden Spoon Society, visit http://www.woodenspoonsoc.org.uk

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