Footballer Morris insists he hasn’t peaked too soon

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TENBURY United manager Aaron Morris insists he hasn’t peaked too soon – despite scaling new heights in pre-season.

Fellow joint-manager Nick Stocker, Mark Benbow, Byron Davies, Paul Smith, Duncan Palmer and captain Mike Foster joined Morris in completing the Three Peaks Challenge.

The Three Peaks Challenge allows climbers 24 hours to reach the summit of the highest peaks in England (Scafell Pike-978m ), Scotland (Ben Nevis-1344m) and Wales (Snowdon- 1085m).

And Morris says competing in the Hereford Times Herefordshire League Premier Division this season will seem no obstacle compared to last weekend’s gruelling challenge.

“It was the hardest thing that I have ever done,” said Morris, who also plays cricket for Tenbury.

“Nick Stocker did it when he was young and involved in the Hereford United Youth set-up but that was some years ago. We were fully aware that it was going to be very demanding but we supported each other.

“When we got to the bottom of Snowdon it was a strange feeling,” he said.

“It took us two hours to get to the top of Snowdon and two-and-half hours to get down.

“At times, we were walking in gale-force conditions on Scafell Pike but we have raised some money for the Midlands Air Ambulance and Tenbury United Football Club.”

Morris added: “We did not quite do the challenge in 24 hours but that was due to the bad weather we came across” said Morris.

“We covered 1,300 miles and we got down the mountain at 7.30pm on Sunday evening.

“We have done it and it’s something to say that I have done but it was very tough, both mentally and physically, and I never want to do it again.”

The group thanked mini-bus driver Matt Griffiths.

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