They did it! Hats off to The Wrong Way Ramblers, who completed the mighty Three Peaks Challenge and scaled Britain’s highest peaks in under 24 hours. In a challenge that was described as “wet” and “mountainous”, the team braved tough conditions, including snow, to conquer Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.
Despite the inclement weather which saw them climbing through cloud at times, the team managed to complete the challenge in an impressive 22 hours – a full two hours inside the target time.
Before even starting their first climb, The Ramblers had to endure the 550-mile drive to Ben Nevis in a cramped minibus. With a round trip of over 1,300 miles and 2,900 metres of climbing ahead of them, getting some much-needed rest where possible was going to be all-important. Resting on a crowded minibus isn’t easy, though, so the team had to tackle the mountains on a paltry 4-5 hours sleep.
No-one would argue that completing a marathon isn’t tough but have you ever completed a one that was mostly vertical, partially in the dark and with almost no sleep? That’s the challenge that the team faced, walking a total of 26.55 miles up and down the Three Peaks. All this walking and climbing meant that they burned, on average, around 4000 calories each.
To fuel their monumental efforts The Ramblers consumed a great deal of water and energy drinks, plus copious amounts of cereal bars, chocolate and jelly babies – not to mention the always-nutritious motorway service station grub.
Average times for completing the three peaks were around 12 hours, with the fastest time set at an impressive 9 hours and 45 minutes. That works out at 3 hours, 15 minutes per peak!
Snow on Ben Nevis, rain on Scafell Pike and sheer exhaustion by the time they reached Snowdon but the Wrong Way Ramblers soldiered on, raising awareness and much-needed funds for Dreams Come True. At the time of writing, the fundraising total stands at £2,400 against a target of £3,000. An impressive sum but we’d like to try and get them to that magic £3,000 mark.
There’s still time to donate so, if you’d like to recognise the team’s fantastic achievement and make a difference to the lives of some seriously ill children, please head on over to the donation page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/wrongwayramblers and give what you can. Thank you
by Anthony Morgan