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The girls sort the men out in Coutts' great Peaks 'survival' course
14/07/2017 , John Evans, International Editor

Camila Stowell, Coutts’ head of wealth, investment management and private office can claim victory in the bank’s participation in the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, a 25-mile trek across the highest mounts in the county.

The 100 or so staff split into groups of 10 for the recent challenge. As a result, it raised £81,000 for Coram, a children and young people’s charity and Coutts own chosen charity.

The speedy Camila was accompanied, among others, by Alex Liddle, who heads the professionals segment.

Perhaps most impressive was Dylan Williams, head of England and Wales, did all three peaks - Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent up in the Pennines - in one of the fastest groups.  He then went in for a planned hip operation the next week, drawing admiration from his colleagues.

Coutts chief executive Peter Flavel did creditably, especially as he has had two knee operations from injuries from his early hockey playing days in Australia, we are told.  Peter and Harry Keogh, head of key clients, were both in one of the slower groups but still made the course by urging each other on constantly.  Every one of the 98 walkers completed the challenge, including one who was taken off the mountains for safety reasons and returned the next morning to climb the final peak.

So well done, Nick Gornall, market leader Midlands.

A special mention for Alison Rose, chief executive for commercial and private banking at RBS. She was in the group that was closest to its target time, as one would naturally expect for such a talented goals-based banking senior. 

Jon Munday, risk appetite analyst and one of the organisers, says: “The group was made up of individuals of varying degrees of fitness. Generally speaking everyone found it tougher than they were expecting, even the fittest in the group.”

The intrepid Coutts trekkers - see a selection below - had to endure a total 5,200 feet of ascent during the course.


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