A BOY with a head for heights has climbed his way into the record books for a second time– after becoming the youngest person to conquer the Yorkshire Three Peaks walking challenge.

Noah Gray hiked to the top of Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside in the Yorkshire Dales in less than 12 hours last Wednesday.

And at just seven-years-old, the year two pupil of St Charles Primary School in Spennymoor officially became the youngest person to do so.

Noah, from Chilton, in County Durham, stepped into the limelight last year by becoming the youngest person to do the National Three Peaks challenge as part of a group charity trek in aid of the Spennymoor-based Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust.

Last week, the youngster was joined by his mam Rebecca, dad Peter and little sister Ivy– carried by dad– for the walk up and down the first hill Pen-y-Ghent.

Gas engineer Mr Gray then did the rest of the 25.5mile route with his son.

Mrs Gray, 29, a teacher at Howden-le-Wear Primary School, was reunited with them for hill number three, Ingleborough.

Noah also had his trusted sidekick Pip, his first cuddly toy, with him for company.

Mr Gray, 33, said: "I think this walk was hardest, on the national one he could have a sleep as we drove between Ben Nevis and Scafell.

"We thought about doing it last year but felt it was a bit much for him, he is a lot bigger and stronger now so when the weather was good last week we went for it.

"He loved it. On the last one, after already walking about 20 miles, he was wanting to go the hard way so we let him climb a bit.

"It was only when he could see the end that he slowed slightly but we were making really good time on the last one so were able to take extra breaks."

After completing the walk in 11 hours and 34 minutes, the family rewarded Noah with a pizza in Hawes.

Mr Gray said: "We are really proud of him.

"Last year I called him Champ, so this year he is Champ Champ.

"He's really pleased with himself, his certificate from the national challenge and medal from Yorkshire. I think he's looking forward to getting back to school to tell everyone what he has done."