Chilly challenge as Mayfair fund managers scale the Three Peaks

A TEAM of intrepid fund managers from Mayfair Capital Investment Management have completed the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in a respectable 10 hours and 45 minutes, despite having to slum it with cold showers.

The group were led round the Yorkshire hills by an ex- Royal Marine who drove them relentlessly through hail, snow and not to mention some unfortunate bodily ailments.

However, powering through with their eyes on the prize – a pint of Yorkshire Bitter at the end – upon finishing the group were dismayed to find that one of the senior members of the firm had used up all of the hot water in their bed and breakfast. Nothing like a cold shower to ease aching muscles.

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