Outdoor couple embark on charity treck challenge

Ready to go: Ian Riches and Lisa Black
Ready to go: Ian Riches and Lisa Black

An adventurous couple from Chorley are preparing to swap architecture for the outdoors to raise hundreds of pounds for the Red Cross.

Ian Riches and Lisa Black, who work for Preston-based architects Cassidy and Ashton, decided to combine their love of walking with a good cause and are currently in training to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.

Their carefully planned route will take in 24.5 miles of rugged countryside as they clamber up hill and down dale, experiencing more than 5,000 feet of climbing.

The pair, who live in Buckshaw Village, will climb the well-known hills of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough and they aim to complete the walk within 12 hours.

Ian, 27, who works as an architectural technician, said: “Lisa and I love being outdoors and thought that we’d set ourselves a challenge to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

“We know about the incredible work that the Red Cross carries out around the world and decided we wanted to support it, so we’ve chosen it as our charity.

“We’re currently training at weekends and are delighted that colleagues have been really willing to get behind us to help us raise as much money as possible for the Red Cross.”

To sponsor Ian and Lisa visit www.justgiving.com/ian-and-lisa.