A father-of-two has collapsed and died while tackling the Three Peaks Challenge.
Intrepid Anthony Parmenter, 72, suffered a massive heart attack halfway up Ben Nevis in Scotland.
His wife Beryl, 63, who was waiting in Wales to collect him when he finished the challenge, described her husband as an “action man to the very end”.
She said: “It’s hard to believe. He was absolutely totally fit.
“He was proud of the 32 inch waist that he’d had since being a boy and he would cycle up to 200 miles a week.
“If he wasn’t cycling he was walking. He was just lean and incredibly fit.”
The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in 24 hours.
Painter and decoratorAnthony, of Standlake, Oxon, embarked on the trip with with an experienced group on Saturday, June 24.
He collapsed on the first climb and died almost instantly. An air ambulance from Inverness collected his body.
Despite her shock, Beryl has taken solace in knowing her husband died doing what he loved.
She said: “He always had to have a challenge in life. He was taken far too soon but he died doing what he loved. He was an action man to the very end.
“He was completely in his element.
“The company he was doing the climb with said he was happy and had a smile on his face. He was where he wanted to be.”