Tuesday 8th of August marks the day we embark on our UK 3 Peak world record attempt (by foot) training. For this challenge we will be raising money for the youth mental health charity ‘Young Minds’ with an ambitious target of raising £10k.
What is the challenge? – The 3 peaks challenge is a famous adventure usually completed in 24 hours where participants aim to climb the 3 highest peaks in the UK and drive between each of the mountains. These are Snowdon in Wales, Scafel Pyke in England and Ben Nevis in Scotland. Our challenge is slightly more demanding as there will be no cars involved. Our attempt will purely be by foot covering a total distance of 436 miles in the space of one week. That is an average of 60 miles per day. We are also trying to beat the current record of 13 days which is held by a Scottish endurance athlete.
Why are we doing it? – Having recently completed the West Highland Way (96 miles) in March with little experience and time to train we wanted aim bigger and see if we what we are truly capable of. As PE teachers we are both passionate about physical activity and how this can have a positive impact on everyone’s life physically and mentally. Our aim is to model this and try to encourage people to go out and become more active in whatever it is they enjoy doing and also to raise awareness of youth mental health as this is an issue which is on the rise throughout the whole of the UK. Doing these challenges also allows us to share our first hand experiences and key life lessons that help us become better leaders in our professional lives and our personal endeavours.