The only hills most seven-year-olds will be tackling this weekend are ones big enough to roll their Easter eggs down.
But young Logan Beck will instead be heading up Scotland’s highest mountain to raise money for injured veterans.
Logan is aiming to become the fastest child of his age to complete the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – in less than 22 hours and 54 minutes, in order to beat the current record set in 2016.
Logan, who will start his record-breaking ascent of Ben Nevis at 10am tomorrow, is doing the challenge to raise funds for forces charity Help for Heroes to support wounded, injured and sick veterans and their families.
His father, Gary Beck, 29, an engineer in the 36 Royal Engineers, explains that Logan asked him the meaning of the word charity, and then decided to do something big “so that he can help the wounded, injured and sick veterans that Help for Heroes supports to get back to their kids, take them to school and have fun with them – and that’ll be great for the kids too.”
Logan, who lives with his parents in the Invicta Park Barracks in Kent, says: “I want to do it because not every seven-year-old can do it – I want to see if I can break the record. If I do it would be great!”
The record-breaking attempt will be a family affair with Logan accompanied by dad and mum Charlotte, who works as a nurse. They will be supported by Logan’s grandad Colin, who will be designated driver of the camper van in which the climbing team hope to sleep in between each gruelling climb.
It’s a tough challenge for an adult, let alone a primary schoolboy, with the Three Peaks Challenge encompassing an overall walking distance of 23 miles and total climb of 3,064 metres – finishing at Mount Snowdon in the dark.
Mr Beck, Logan’s dad adds: “Logan amazes me. He’s getting up at 6am every morning to go for a run before school and is also going running with my wife’s army wives running group. He’s also doing swimming lessons and kettle bell training. He’s so dedicated and I know he’ll be giving it his all at the weekend. If anyone can beat the record, it’s him.”