RYAN Clampin hit peak form for Colchester United, this season.

But the Colchester United left-back is hoping to scale new heights when he embarks on the Three Peaks Challenge for charity, next month.

Along with his girlfriend Harriet and brother Jack, the 22-year-old is getting ready to climb the highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales - Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon - within 24 hours.

It will see the trio complete a total of 23 miles in three stages, with the total ascent 3,064 metres.

They are taking on the challenge to raise money for the Parkinson's Disease Society of the United Kingdom.

Ryan said: "The reason I'm doing it is quite a personal matter.

"I've always wanted to do something like this anyway and I thought why not raise some money for a good cause at the same time?

"Last year, I actually climbed Snowdon in Wales and I actually really enjoyed myself.

"It was actually a really good experience and a really good day out.

"My missus' Dad has done the challenge before and said it was unreal so we thought, why not do it together and all for a good cause.

"I love a challenge - I like to push myself and see what I'm made of.

"I'm not just seeing how far I can test myself, it's also an unreal experience travelling to different parts of the UK and then going to climb a mountain with lovely views.

"It's quite rewarding and it's not just about the physical challenge; it's also the scenery.

"I feel good and I can treat it as some off-season work!

"We're all active people so as long as you keep up and don't have any nights out before we do it, we'll take it from there."

In taking on the challenge, Ryan is raising to raise plenty of money for the Parkinson's Disease Society of the United Kingdom - along with awareness of the disease.

"I feel like a lot of people don't really know much about it," said Clampin, who is following in the footsteps of former U's defender Pat Baldwin in taking on the Three Peaks challenge.

"It's a horrible illness which affects so many people and I just feel that not enough is looked into it to try and make a better quality of life for people who've got it.

"I've got a platform to bring awareness to this and I want to use it to the best of my advantage.

"It's been nice to see all of the support from families, friends and people I don't even know donating.

"It's so nice that they've done that off their own back."

Ryan, Harriet and Jack are embarking on the Three Peaks Challenge on June 7.

If you would like to contribute and donate, visit his GoFundMe page - https://gofund.me/9ae8799d