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Council staff member sets sail for charity in Three Peaks Yacht Race

A worker from Malvern Hills District Council is hoping everything will be plain sailing when he competes in the Three Peaks Yacht Race later this month.

Chris Lewis-Farley, landscape officer in the conservation team, will be taking on the challenge, starting on Saturday 27 June with Team Rio in aid of the MSF UK charity (Médecins Sans Frontières), on board Dutch yacht J-Quattro. Also on the team is local man Laurence Wilson.

The event starts in Barmouth Wales, where nine teams will gather to tackle one of the world's oldest and most prestigious adventure races. Combined teams of runners and sailors will make their way up the spectacular and treacherous West Coast to Fort William. The journey involves 389 miles of demanding coastal sailing, enough to challenge any skipper and crew; en route runners will take to the shore to scale the highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland.

Chris said: "I am really thrilled to be able to take part in such a prestigious race and look forward to the challenge.

"The use of engines is not allowed, so should the wind and tide conspire against us we will have to row our yacht. Thankfully Worcester Rowing Club has very kindly provided the oars. 

"For the runners (this is my bit) our challenge is to leap off the boat and run or cycle up and down Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis. We may be on the mountains in the dark some of the time and will cover approximately 60 miles of running and 40 miles of cycling. This includes 14,000 feet of ascent overall"

Phil Grove, leader of Malvern Hills District Council said: "This is such an impressive race and we are really proud Chris is taking part in this huge challenge. We wish him all the best of luck."

Follow the progress of the team on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TeamRio3PYR

Visit the race website which includes team profiles: http://www.threepeaksyachtrace.co.uk/#!2015-live-page/cdml - there is a satellite tracking link on this website that will be up and running closer to the race date.

Visit https://www.justgiving.com/team-rio/ to make a donation.

Visit http://www.msf.org.uk/ for more information on their work.