Our 11 strong team of intrepid hikers took part in the UK Three Peaks Challenge across the 9th & 10th of September 2023, raising over £4,000 for our three chosen charities. The team completed at least one of the peaks and 8 of the team successfully reaching each of the highest summits of Scotland, England & Wales. Everyone who took on this challenge deserves credit not only for taking part but also providing each other with support and positivity throughout.
Special thanks to Waqaar Ahmad and Joe Taylor.
Waqaar, one of the drivers, made the decision to help hikers by carrying their food and water up with them on the final Snowden climb.
Joe did an exceptional job of organising the whole event from start to finish.
Here’s what our team members had to say about the challenge:
“Overall it was an incredibly challenging and rewarding experience, and in my opinion, as much a mental challenge as physical. After having hiked up and down the tallest peak for 4 and a half hours, to finish with the knowledge that we had to do that another two times was incredibly daunting and wouldn’t have been possible without the team powering through together! On the topic of teamwork, I think this was the most important theme throughout the weekend – it wouldn’t have been possible to get all three peaks done within the time limit without the encouragement and support of every team member. This is especially true for the support team at the bases who selflessly and tirelessly worked throughout the night to ensure the hikers could focus on completing each peak – the walking was just one half of an immense challenge and it could not have been done without the support team!”
“The 3 Peaks is something that I’ve wanted to do for about 15 years. The weekend was a dream come true for me.
I don’t even know where to begin in thanking the people involved.
The drivers took charge of all logistics so that the hikers could concentrate on just walking. They had everything nailed and managed to stay cheery with barely any sleep.
Big shout out for Waqaar who came up with a master stroke of walking up Snowdon behind the group who were behind target with essential kit. This allowed us to selflessly press on in quick time without worrying about other group members. I personally wouldn’t have hit the target had it not been for Waqaar.
And finally Joe, he planned every detail to perfection. He took control of every situation and made decisions during the event to ensure people’s enjoyment and safety were taken care of. He selflessly put his own success of completion in the time limit to look after those who were struggling.
It was a huge responsibility taking 11 people into the mountains with very differing experience levels and he did this exceptionally well.
Thank you for making my weekend amazing.”
If you’d like to add your support and generosity to this fantastic achievement, then our page for donations to our three charities (Barnabus, The Edinburgh Food Project and Age UK Leeds) is still open and can be found here.
The beginning of the challenge
Peak One – Ben Nevis -4,413ft
Peak Three – Snowdown – 3,560ft