The construction industry’s exclusive mountain challenge is back with a vengeance this May

Ever considered scaling the UK’s three tallest mountains in under 24 hours? You’d have to be mad right? Well that’s exactly what 49 teams did during last year’s COINS 3 Peaks Challenge and many of them enjoyed it so much they will be doing it all over again in 2009.

CM is an official sponsor of this year’s event, which takes place on May 9 and 10, so hurry and sign up as there are limited places available. The mega hike will begin in Scotland where each team of four walkers will take on the mighty Ben Nevis. After successfully returning to base camp and receiving much needed encouragement and nourishment from their two support drivers, walkers must then face Scafell Pike in the Lake District and finally Snowdon in North Wales. A reception on Sunday evening concludes proceedings with food, wine, good cheer, and if you are still able to stand, a disco.

This year, 31 of the 49 teams completed the challenge within 24hrs, with team Extec notching up the best time of 20hrs 32mins, just behind the event record of 20hrs set by Multiplex in 2004. Shepherd Construction took 2nd place, Raymond Brown 3rd, and in 4th place was Rose Builders. Remarkably, Extec also raised the most cash for charity.

An impressive £430,000 was raised by teams last year, 100% of which went directly to projects supported by the COINS foundation and run by Habitat for Humanity, CURE International and CARE International. The foundation targets building projects in the third world, focusing on schools, hospitals and homes in areas of extreme poverty and need. Individuals from the highest fundraising companies get to take part in a sponsored trip to visit international projects.

If you’re looking for an event that combines teamwork, networking, stunning views and a physical challenge, the COINS 3 Peaks Challenge is definitely for you.

Visit the web site for full details and registration. And to find out more about the COINS foundation and the projects that have been supported please visit the new website