Mortgage Mole: Peak of achievement

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Peak of achievement

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Congratulations to a team from Skipton Intermediaries and the Skipton head office, who recently took on the gruelling National Three Peaks Challenge.

The event demands those taking part climb the highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland. If that were not enough, the Skipton team completed it within 24 hours.

Mole hears it involved “little sleep and blistered feet” but raised an impressive £7,737 for the charity Wil’s Wishes, which aims to raise awareness of bowel cancer in young people.

The charity was set up by a member of the Skipton Intermediaries marketing team and her mother after their brother and son died of the disease. Well done, all. Your efforts will make a big difference.

Gary Leeds cycle of success

2016 has been a big year for British cycling, with Chris Froome winning the Tour de France and Team GB bagging a clutch of golds at the Rio Olympics.

But Mole hears that the mortgage market has its very own potential Froome-in-waiting in the form of Gary Brook from Leeds Building Society.

Not only is Gary fond of getting out there on two wheels but he also does it in style, having been given one of the racing bikes of legendary Irish 1987 Tour de France winner Stephen Roche.

Rumours that the secret of Team GB’s cycling success is down to covert coaching from Leeds’ finest were entirely unconfirmed at the time of going to press.

Packing a punch

The mortgage industry has gone boxing mad, Mole has concluded after receiving news of two upcoming events. Better crank up the Rocky soundtrack and pull on those gloves he thinks.

This is the final call for contenders for Stress Test, the London property market’s white-collar boxing championship, the brainchild of Rose Capital Partners’ Richard Campo.

Participants begin 10 weeks of training on 4 September at the Ring Boxing Club in Southwark, which will host the championship on 17 November.

To organise your fitness test and non-contact trial, email the London White Collar Boxing League at info@lwcbl.com. Proceeds from the event will go towards children’s charity Punch Up.

Gloves on

Another date for the boxing diary is 27 October, when Rumble with the Brokers – another white-collar event, this time specifically for mortgage brokers and related staff – will take place in aid of the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.

The event, in association with The Property Underwriter, is looking for 12 participants. The evening itself will consist of six fights, a sit-down three-course meal with unlimited drinks, an auction, raffle and special guests. Email info@rumblewiththebrokers.co.uk for more details.