Fundraising hero tackles not one but two of charity’s ultimate challenges – within a week! | Action Medical Research

Fundraising hero tackles not one but two of charity’s ultimate challenges – within a week!

26 June 2015

A dedicated fundraiser from Ampthill, Bedfordshire, is tackling not one but two of Action Medical Research’s epic outdoor challenges – within a week of each other.

Adrian Wadsworth, 47, was first encouraged to sign up for the children’s charity’s Race the Sun Brecon Beacons on Saturday, 27 June, by team captain Jon Reep.

Along with Dave Wilson and Martin Cruise, they will join teams to cycle 45 miles, climb Pen y Fan (2,907ft) and canoe 3km across Pontsticill Reservoir, starting at sunrise and finishing by sunset - racing the sun!

Then, just a week later, Adrian will join colleagues Neil Sibley, Philip Dobbie and Vince Bailey, plus drivers David Hickson and Robert Faries, from premier automotive lighting company WIPAC to take on Action Medical Research's Three Peaks Challenge on 4-5 July.

The race sees teams of between four and six people (including driver) starting at the foot of Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands and finishing at the foot of Mount Snowdon in Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, via Scafell in the Lake District. In the space of 24 hours, they must ascend and descend the UK's three highest mountains: Ben Nevis at 4,409ft, Scafell Pike at 3,206ft and Snowdon at 3,560ft. Team members have to change clothes, eat, drink and sleep on the road as they travel to their next destination and there is an extra effort involved: teams must take the charity’s mascot Paddington BearTM up and down each mountain.

Father-of-three Adrian is no stranger to endurance exercises, having run the Virgin London Marathon 10 times and also tackled a number of ultra-marathons, so he was only too happy to sign up when WIPAC’s Managing Director Sibley encouraged staff at the Buckingham-based company to take on the fundraising challenge along with suppliers and customers.

“It seems like quite a coincidence with hindsight – Jon Reep really was the driving force behind building a team for the Race The Sun, and then the Three Peaks Challenge was mentioned at work just a couple of weeks later,” says Adrian.

“As it’s drawing nearer, I’m starting to wonder what I’ve let myself in for but we have all put in the training miles and it’s a great cause so it’s all going to be worth it – even if it might not feel like it at the time!”

Money raised by participants in both events will help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952 and is currently supporting work around childhood cancer, Down syndrome, epilepsy, and cystic fibrosis, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

To support Adrian’s fundraising efforts in the Race the Sun Brecon Beacons, please visit his team’s fundraising page at and to support the team from WIPAC in the Three Peaks Challenge please visit

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For a photograph of the team from WIPAC, please click on the link below (Adrian is fourth from left):

For a photograph from the top of Pen y Fan, please click on the link below:


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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity working to save and change children’s lives through medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world. Charity reg. nos 208701 and SC039284.

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