A HEADTEACHER from the Cotswolds will be climbing the nine highest Scottish mountain peaks in two days, to raise money for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.

Matthew Evans, 43, is headteacher at Farmor's School in Fairford and also a keen mountain walker, reaching the top of 25 peaks last year alone.

In the past he has completed the well-known three peak challenge with students, where participants scale the three highest mountain tops in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours.

This month he will be taking on a brand new challenge with old school friend John Cooper.

"I love getting to the top of high places; usually mountains in the UK," he said. "This summer I'm pushing myself beyond any sensible limit. We've called it the 9 in 2 challenge.

"Our current estimate is that this trek will be 35 miles and 5600 metres of ascent."

Mr Evans is raising money for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young after his cousin Ryan Terry died suddenly of an undiagnosed heart condition last year while only in his thirties.

"He was younger than me and that just doesn't seem right," added Mr Evans. "Maybe we can help stop this happening to someone else?"

Despite feeling confident about the challenge, Mr Evans added that this will be definitely be the most difficult thing he has ever attempted.

He will be turning 44 the day after he finishes the mission, and is convinced he will be too tired to party.

Mr Evans has already raised more than £350 for his charity of choice and hopes to raise even more before the challenge on July 25.

Visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/9in2challenge to donate.