For anyone who is not already familiar with it, the Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales within a 24-hour time limit. The mountains are Scafell Pike in England (978m), Snowdon in Wales (1,085m) and Ben Nevis in Scotland (1,345m)
Mark’s 17-year old daughter, Polly, and a group of her friends from the Weald of Kent Grammar School in Tonbridge decided to take on the challenge to help raise money for the building of a new school sports hall. As designated driver (along with another Weald father), Mark set off on Thursday 14th July with the climbing team loaded onto the school bus and after a night in Glasgow they arrived at Ben Nevis to start the challenge at 3pm. They endured ‘typical Scottish Summer weather’ – torrential rain and 50mph winds – but still only took 4.45 hrs. They started Scarfell Pike at 3am equipped with head torches and were back on the minibus and heading to Snowdon by 7am. After slight traffic issues, the final climb of Snowdon began at 12.20pm and the first finishers were back down by 3.25pm.
Despite the terrible weather conditions (high winds and torrential rain for the entire trip!) the team carried out a successful challenge, completing all three peaks in just fractionally over the 24hrs (and of course we blamed the minibus as it had a speed limit of 60mph plus the driving conditions in Scotland!)
If you would like to make a donation towards the sports hall fund, any amount would be gratefully received. To access the donation site, please click on this link: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/weald3peaks/302753