Tom reaches for the skies – scaling Britain’s highest peak twice!

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A DETERMINED dad reached the highest mountain in Britain not just once - but TWICE - on the same day to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

Tom Conlon ascended and descended Ben Nevis along with friends for the Marie Curie Hospice at Huntershill.

The charity is close to Tom and his family who have been hard hit by cancer.

The 51-year-old, from Bishopbriggs, took on the challenge along with friends Graham Boyle, Andrew Wood and Kevin Beck.

It was Tom’s seventh time tackling Ben Nevis - over 4,400 ft - but the first time he’s done it twice in the same day.

Tom said: “Graham said about doing it twice in one day as a bit of a joke. But we decided to do it and a couple of other guys tagged along with us.

“We started at 5am and completed it at 7.35pm. The second climb was a wee bit longer because of tiredness and it started to get busy with tourists.

“It was good fun, but it was hard. The last quarter was really wet, but the weather was kind to us.”

Tom, Graham and Kevin work in the custodial services division of Serco, carrying out electronic monitoring of offenders.

They are based in East Kilbride and Tom has trained with walks from there to his home in Bishopbriggs, a distance of just under 18 miles, in about four hours.

Tom added: “We are well on target to raising £800 for Marie Curie. It’s a charity very close to me and my family.”

You can support Tom’s effort for the Marie Curie Hospice by visiting the web page – www.justgiving.com/Tom-Conlon0

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