We are thrilled to announce that we’ve hit our fundraising target of £15,000 since completing the National Three Peaks Challenge! A huge thank you to everyone who donated – your support is greatly appreciated.
Every penny raised will be donated to London’s Air Ambulance charity to support the work they do delivering advanced trauma teams to critically injured people in and around London. The £15,000 raised, roughly equates to funding eight potentially life-saving missions and so your donations will make a real difference to people’s lives.
Throughout the challenge, Sally was capturing footage on her iPhone, resulting in this rough and ready video of our experience. So, take a look at the team completing this gruelling challenge; 23 hours, 12 minutes condensed into 1 minute, giving you a feel for the weather conditions we faced, the long journeys between the peaks, the relentless climbs and some of the beautiful views (Ollie’s tights!) we had the pleasure of seeing along the way. And we’re all still smiling at the end of it!
We are extremely proud to say that Ollie, Ed, Dan Nichols, Neal and Sally completed the National Three Peaks Challenge on the evening of Friday 16th June!
The team hiked up the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – covering 26 miles on foot and climbing over 9,800 feet in a non-too shabby time of 23 hours and 12 minutes including driving, raising £13,206 for London’s Air Ambulance Charity in the process.
The team started their journey early on Thursday morning, making their way to Fort William for the first of the three peaks – Ben Nevis.
The weather wasn’t on side and after fuelling up for the hike, everyone donned their waterproofs to begin the challenge. Battling through wind, rain and mist, the team made it up and down Ben Nevis (despite a couple of wipeouts by Eddie) in 5 hours 7 minutes – an impressive effort!
Above: The misty summit of Ben Nevis
Driving through the night to the Lake District, the team tried (and mostly failed) to get some much-needed sleep in the minibus, beginning the hike up Scafell Pike at 6.30am.
The weather back in England was clear and dry making for better walking conditions, but the team’s legs were tired, making the ascent up the aptly named “Devil’s Staircase” all the more difficult – feel the burn!
The jagged rocks of the summit were a real test but everyone made it and completed this second peak in an admirable 4 hours 5 minutes. Ollie had enough energy left for a strong visual joke, but Neal is unimpressed (or on the verge of exhaustion, one or the other):
Above: The stag!
Above: The windy summit of Scafell Pike
After the descent, it was back in the minibus and everyone got at least a couple of hours sleep on the way to the final peak – Snowdon.
The sun was shining at the foot of the mountain as the team set off on the final ascent with weary, achey legs and sore feet.
Climbing higher, mist started to appear, legs started to seize up and good humour and camaraderie was required more than ever to make the final push to the summit.
The good news was that sheer determination won through and the team completed Snowdon, elated and exhausted, in 4 hours. The bad news was that the Café at the summit was shut, so the celebratory beer as promised by guide Craig, was not forthcoming.
Above: The final and very chilly summit of Snowdon
Completion of the gruelling challenge was celebrated with a well-deserved (pre-ordered) beer at the foot of Snowdon, with all involved proud to have conquered The National Three Peaks and to have raised such an impressive total for London’s Air Ambulance charity.
We have been overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity in sponsoring us for this challenge, and we are delighted to have raised £13,206 at the time of writing.
For London’s Air Ambulance, this roughly equates to funding seven potentially life-saving missions and so your donations will make a real difference to people’s lives.
There’s still time for any last-minute donations (for those who had doubts that we’d complete the challenge!) to help us make the final push towards our fundraising target of £15,000. To make a donation to London’s Air Ambulance, please visit our fundraising page.
Finally, from everyone here at Secura, we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored and supported us throughout this challenge.
We are extremely proud of our achievement but couldn’t have done it without all your encouragement, kind words and generous donations to keep us motivated when we were trudging up a bleak Scottish mountainside in driving rain and near sub-zero temperatures.
To find out more about London’s Air Ambulance and the work they do delivering advanced trauma teams to critically injured people in and around London, please visit: www.londonsairambulance.co.uk.
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