A team of accountants, auditors and fraud specialists from the Birmingham and Stoke offices will join forces on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July to climb the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales, in 24 hours! This includes:
- Snowdon in Wales (1085m);
- Scafell Pike in England (978m); and
- Ben Nevis in Scotland (1345m).
We will cover 480 miles (about 10 hours) of inter-mountain driving and 24 miles (roughly 13 hours) of power-trekking, some during darkness, to climb a total of approximately 3,000 metres. Check out their progress in pictures on Flickr or donate to their team via their JustGiving pages.
Our skills will be individual for example completing a health and safety course, learning to use a compass and map, or leading a team to the top of a mountain.
Our collective challenge is to complete the national three peak challenge in 24 hours, encouraging each other along the way.
Our adventure is completing the National Three Peak Challenge.
Akash Paul, Asam Hussain, Erin Sims, Emma Warrier, Gavin Sharpe, Katie Driscoll, Liam Prince, Olivia Newell, Sam Cooper, Mark Knight, Matthew Sherlock, Zoe Baker and Zoe Brown. A few volunteers will also help with the 10 hours of driving.
So the training has begun. On Sunday 20 March, a group of us completed a 10.4 mile (16.73km) walk along the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. The walk took us four and a half hours, which is roughly the time we have to complete each of the mountains on 23 and 24 July. This made us realise the pace, fitness and equipment we all need in order to complete our challenge within the 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Erin Sims walked Pendle Hills in Lancashire and Zoe Brown completed a trial run of Scafell Pike in the Lake District.
On Sunday 17 April, a smaller group of us completed a 9.8 mile (15.78km) walk along the same route of the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. This time we managed a much steadier pace with less breaks. This resulted in a small time improvement and we completed the walk in four hours, half an hour quicker than our previous attempt.
Meanwhile, Emma Warrier tried out her new walking poles along the Clent Hills in Worcestershire and Zoe Baker braved the snow to reach the summit of Long Mynd in Shropshire.
On Sunday 1 May, a group of us completed a 5.6 miles (nine km) trial run of the Pyg Track (up) and the Miners Track (down) of Snowdon in Wales. The group battled through the walk in the wind, rain and snow having ignored the weather warning from the Met Office. Although we didn’t reach the summit, the walk certainly highlighted the type of clothing and waterproofs we will all need if the weather isn’t as good as we expect it to be in July!
As we get closer to the big day its time for us all to get training. On Sunday 12 June, three of us climbed to the summit of Snowdon in Wales and back down in 4 hours and 11 minutes (only 11 minutes over our target for the three peak challenge). We did however stop on a number of occasions to take in the views, take photographs and get our breath back, so this has certainly set the pace and expectations.
Meanwhile, Zoe Brown completed Snowdon in an impressive 3 hours 30 minutes – so we will definitely be motivated to match this pace on the day.