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Cosmo beats the Three Peaks challenge for his grandma

5 May 2016

Schoolboy Cosmo Gomori (11) has beaten the 12-hour challenge of climbing the Yorkshire Three Peaks, helping to raise over £5,500 for PCRF in memory of his grandma.

Fourteen families in total - eight of them from Coton, near Cambridge - tackled the gruelling 24 mile fundraising challenge on 31 March, hiking the Pennine range peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, a total height of over 2100 metres. 
Anna Gomori shows how far the group walked

While everyone completed the challenge, most of them in one day and the rest over two days, only Cosmo managed the ‘ultimate challenge’ of completing all three Peaks within 12 hours. His younger brother Joshua (7) just missed out on the 12 hour deadline, finishing in 12.5 hours.

The fundraiser was organised by Cosmo’s mum, Anna Gomori, who has been supporting the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund for six years, in memory of her mother, Gudrun Llewellyn, who died in 2006 just 4 months after her diagnosis.    

Says Anna: “Cosmo ran the whole of the last 2 miles ahead of us on his own and broke the 12 hour time literally by a few seconds. He told me later that he was so tired he was “running in his mind” the whole 2 miles! He’s as pleased as punch. Joshua was really disappointed as he’d been determined to beat an official record set by another seven year old boy,  but 12.5hrs is still fantastic."

She added “When we reached the final peak and looked back across the stunning views to where we’d walked from, it brought it home just what a marathon walk it is!  I’m proud of everyone who took part with us, but I’m especially proud of my boys.

“On the day itself we had glorious sunshine – which was very lucky as the weather either side of our chosen day was truly atrocious," said Anna. "The same happened with our Ben Nevis walk. The sun seems to shine on us when we do these big challenges; it’s like my mum is smiling down on us.”

The Gomori family

Anna has set herself a huge target of raising £50,000 for the charity and has held dozens of fundraising events in her local community over the years, as well as taking on several ambitious personal challenges. In 2011 she swam the English Channel as part of a relay team, in 2012 completed a skydive and in 2013, she climbed Ben Nevis with husband Nigel, Cosmo and Joshua, and six other Coton families.  

The latest epic Yorkshire Dales challenge takes Anna’s total to just under £40,000, with Cosmo personally raising £360 sponsorship and Joshua nearly £300.

 “The boys never really knew my mum – Cosmo was only 2 when she died
and Joshua wasn’t born – but they understand how much this means to me. They also have an appreciation of how individuals can pull together to make a big difference to other peoples’ lives, which is a wonderful lesson in life.”

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