National Three Peak Challenge - The Run Up

30 May



Much of what I have been doing this year has been training for the biggest outdoor event I will likely ever attempt. I am a part of a group taking part in the National Three Peaks Challenge which involves climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within 24 hours. It is a huge challenge as not only is it climbing the three biggest mountains across Scotland, England and Wales but any number of things could stop us from completing it, from injuries and navigational errors when climbing to traffic jams in between but I am immensely excited (and nervous) about attempting the challenge.

It all started about a year ago when the company I work for began planning a series of events to mark the company’s 40th birthday; one of the events being the Three Peaks. The aim across the year is to raise £40,000 for various charities that are meaningful to those of us that work for Fraikin and so a group of us began training and raising funds to help reach the years target.

It’s been on my bucket list for a good while to do the Three Peaks, I’ve had a lot to consider as to whether I’m physically up to it but I’ve done a lot of training and have the right kit with me so I’m going to begin the challenge and take it as it comes.

  

The training has been hard, apart from it taking up a fair bit of personal time, keeping up with the training and walking in all weathers has not always been easy but we have also had some great times. We did Snowdon and Scafell as part of our training, partly for the terrain and partly so we know what we are letting ourselves in for! Scafell in particular was a mission but I felt proud of completing it and the views were spectacular as well as being able to walk with some amazing people.


                                                       

The event is especially meaningful to me as one of the charities we are raising funds for is a Alopecia UK. I’ve written before about life with Alopecia and those that know me will attest to the difficulties I’ve been through with it and Alopecia UK has been a big part of where I am today, not letting it stop me being me and living my life. I’m also very proud to support The Lung Foundation and Alzheimer’s Society who do amazing work and mean so much to people I care about.

With only a few days left before we climb I’m feeling as prepared as I can be and I’m ready to get together with the team to do our best to complete the three mountains. I’ve even got most of my packing done! 

A huge thank you to the organisers, everybody that’s helped me train, the company for supporting the event and to the volunteer drivers who we couldn’t complete the challenge without and good luck fellow climbers!

If you would like to sponsor our attempt at the three peaks I have put a link below. I will do another blog once the event is complete to let you know how we all get on.

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