Agility in Mind is sponsoring a group of year 10 students (aged between 14-15) from Lavington School in Wiltshire, on their quest to become the youngest team ever to complete the Three Peaks Challenge.
Pupils will be joined by staff and parents as they attempt to complete the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland within 24 hours*. This will be a gruelling challenge but if the group succeed it will set a new national record for the youngest group of students completing the challenge in the twenty-four-hour period.
When will the three peaks challenge take place?
The challenge will take place on May 26th and will be undertaken by a team of 40, including support crew. They will start at the foot of Ben Nevis – the tallest mountain in Scotland (4409 feet), then travel to Scafell Pike – the highest mountain in England (3209 feet) and finally onto Snowdon – the highest mountain in Wales (3560 feet).
One of the biggest challenges will be the travelling between the 3 mountains – an estimated 10h 27minutes without traffic! That leaves just 11hours 33 minutes to climb and descend the 3 peaks at an average of 3 hours 51 per mountain.
The students have been getting themselves physically prepared over the last 6 months – training in the Brecon Beacons, local training walks and in the gym!
The Lavington team, training in the Brecon Beacons
They have also been busy organising fund raising activities, including a non-uniform day (which raised over £700) a staff car wash (£200), bingo night (£500), helping to pack shopping in Morrisons and cake sales.
The Agility in Mind sponsorship will go towards clothing much needed for the expedition. We wish them the very best of luck on the 26th May!
* A popular misconception is that the three mountains that form the challenge are the three tallest on the British mainland. Rather, they are the tallest mountains within each representative country: Scafell Pike is the tallest in England (978m); Snowdon, the tallest in Wales (1085m) and Ben Nevis the tallest in Scotland (1345m) — over one hundred peaks in Scotland are higher than Scafell Pike, and 56 higher than Snowdon.