A MARATHON trek of 30 miles has been completed in just 12 hours by a group of trekkers who took to Dorset's three peaks in aid of charity.

The team of 16 took on the challenge, which includes Lewesdon Hill, Pilsdon Pen and Bulbarrow Hill in the west of the county, in aid of disability charity Diverse Abilities

They covered a cumulative ascent of 1,357m – more than the ascent of Ben Nevis – to support the charity's work with disabled children and adults throughout Dorset.

Vic Deans, who took on the challenge, said: “While there were many highlights, watching the sun rise on the first hill and set on the final hill will always stick out to me. The camaraderie between the walkers was great and although we all struggled at some point, we all supported each other along the way. I have lived in Dorset all my life and was astounded by the beauty of the countryside we walked through.

"We probably went through most of the emotions during the day but there was always the underlying determination to complete the walk, which we all did. The lasting memories are not of the pain we went through but of the beauty of the walk and the friendships made.”

Ashley Weedon, fundraising manager at Diverse Abilities, added: “30 miles across the beautiful Dorset countryside. Legs ached, feet sore and at times had to push through mentally but absolutely no regrets. I never thought the route would be so varied – rolling hills with stunning views, shaded woodland, quaint villages and idyllic English farmland.

"We saw deer, cattle, sheep, squirrels and birds of prey along the way. Highlights include seeing the sun rise and set over the most beautiful Dorset countryside, and seeing the sun set as we summited Bulbarrow Hill. The best bit of all was starting the day as a bunch of strangers and ending feeling that group bond you only get from having done a challenge like this together. Very special.”

If you would like to take part in a similar challenge or would like to find out about other upcoming events with Diverse Abilities call 01202 718266 or email events@diverseabilities.org.uk