Three Peaks Challenge

28 Jul 30 Jul

Friday 28 Jul 17 - Sunday 30 Jul 17 6:00 am Registration £20 (usually £75). Event cost - to be paid 8 weeks before the event £166. Pledged minimum sponsorship £350. sold out - join our waiting list Must be 18 or over to apply

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Join on your own or as a team on this fully organised Three Peaks Challenge to summit the three highest mountains in the UK: Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, all within 36 hours (travel & walking time combined)!

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Max Altitude: 1,344m
  • Endurance Factor: Hard

The challenge is different to the majority of other charities and tour companies Three Peaks Challenges as we complete the mountains in reverse order starting in Wales and finishing in Scotland which makes it much more fun! By doing this you’ll build up to the tallest mountain in the UK – Ben Nevis! After completing the challenge we’ll then stay overnight in our hotel in Fort William for a celebratory meal, drinks and to swap stories of an amazing weekend.

Leading up to the challenge you will be well prepared by our experienced Challenge Events Team with regular updates, support with your training/fundraising and have the opportunity to meet other team members on our organised free Three Peaks Challenge training walks.

If you have any questions about the Three Peaks Challenge please email challenge@wellchild.org.ukor call Steve 01242 548761.

If you are considering organising your own Three Peaks Challenge for WellChild please read the Organising my own event section. There is important information and guidance to ensure you run your event safely and with minimal impact on the local environment.

Sign up to the WellChild Three Peaks Challenge today

Team Benefits

1. Free kit with finishers medal and t-shirt

FREE gear including Three Peaks finishers t-shirt, medal and Vitalsox compression walking socks.

2. First class support

Training plans, fundraising tips, advice, merchandise and first class support from the WellChild Events Team.

  • Access to the Three Peaks Challenge Facebook group to chat to other team members
  • Free optional training days leading up to your challenge (February, March & June)
  • A full safety team that guides you throughout the challenge
  • Transport during the challenge (coach with toilet and hot drinks facilities)
  • Food & hotel accommodation (except food at service station stops)
  • Pick up points based in Bristol, Cheltenham & Birmingham
  • Our coach can drop you off at any service station on the return journey Scotland – Bristol

3. Exclusive discounts

15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor stores and 50% discount on all Vitalsox range.

4. Post race celebration

Unwind and relax at the Spa hotel in Fort William with three course celebratory meal and a few drinks in the bar!

FAQs

What’s included in the cost of the challenge?

  • Full safety team
  • Transport throughout the Three Peaks Challenge
  • Parking at Cheltenham, Bristol & Moseley
  • Group first aid
  • All meals (except dinner Friday night and breakfast Saturday morning where we stop at service stations)
  • One night’s twin room accommodation
  • Three Peaks Challenge finishers T-shirt and medal
  • x2 meals at service station stops
  • Snacks
  • Personal insurance
  • Transport to the pickup locations

What do I need to do to take part?

  • Pay a registration fee, event cost eight weeks before the event and pledge to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship.
  • Provide your own kit (including sturdy ankle high walking boots)
  • Personal travel insurance is optional and at your discretion
  • Bring money to pay for extra food and drink during the weekend

How is the team supported?

Before the challenge you will have regular contact and updates from the Challenge Events Manager. There may also be an opportunity to test your fitness and meet up in the Brecon Beacons, Cotswolds or other locations with team members. You will receive training and fundraising advice once signed up and can contact the Challenge Events Manager if you have any questions. During the challenge our safety team will lead the walk and guide you throughout the event ensuring your safety. You will receive regular safety and weather updates throughout the challenge and can ask our experienced team if you need specific advice.

What if I can’t complete the challenge?

We will do everything we can to support you leading up to and during the challenge. It is a real test of mental strength and stamina to complete the challenge and is no easy feat. You will need to train hard beforehand ensuring you complete at least one test weekend of walking eight hours per day for two days.

The team is split up into faster and slower teams and if you need to move between groups this will be accommodated when practical. However if you find you cannot continue or have injured yourself there are set turn around points during the challenge where a member of the safety team can return with any participants to the coach.

What happens if I’m injured?

Any outdoor activity has a risk however if you are injured the safety team has qualified first aid cover and equipment. The team uses two way radios and has a support vehicle at the bottom of each mountain that co-ordinates all incidents. The safety team leader is there to ensure your safety and it is your responsibility to listen to their instructions.

How fit do I need to be?

The trek is both a mental and physical challenge. You will need to train beforehand and it is unrealistic to think you can complete the event without any training. Once signed up you will receive further training advice and recommendations on equipment e.g. walking boots. Ideally you need to be able to complete an eight hour walk on two consecutive days to be ready for this challenge. It’s not simply about being ready to walk the event but plan your training to be ready over the coming months. If you have a health condition you should consult your doctor before taking part.

What clothing and equipment do I need?

Once signed up you will receive a full kit list but the main clothing and equipment is a pair of waterproof trousers, waterproof jacket, 25-35L rucksack and well broken in walking boots. The weather in the mountains is unpredictable and changes rapidly. If you do not have ankle high boots and full waterproofs you will be unable to take part in the challenge for your own safety.

Where do we sleep on Friday and Saturday night?

Friday night we are walking through the night on Scafell Pike but most people will sleep as much as possible on the coach.

Itinerary

FRIDAY

0500hrs Bristol Pick up

0545hrs Cheltenham pick up

0800hrs Birmingham area pick up

1000hrs Climb Snowdon

1830hrs Dinner (Service station)

2000hrs Climb Scafell Pike

The coach will pick the team up at three main locations Bristol, Cheltenham and near the M54 Birmingham junction. A full brief of the challenge will take place ensuring you are carrying the right food and equipment. This brief will also discuss the weather conditions and appropriate clothing you should wear. It is important to join the coach in good time for this safety briefing and receive your lunch. Unfortunately there will not be the option to meet at Snowdon itself as you will have missed this essential brief.Your packed lunch will have been given to you on the coach prior to climbing Snowdon. The team will be split into two with a faster group and slower group. The pace will be steady and if those in the faster group wish to drop back they can. Snowdon is a relatively simple walk but has steep sections which tests your legs. This is the perfect chance to chat to fellow trekkers and get to know people. All the hard work is worth it as after two hours you’ll summit the mountain and if the weather is clear there will be spectacular views across the Welsh countryside. From here it’s back down the mountain to the waiting coach to transfer us to our second mountain!

On route to Scafell Pike we will stop for a hot meal at Tebay Services which is your chance to re-stock the energy lost and prepare your equipment before your night walk! With one down and two to go, albeit the smallest of the three, it takes a lot of energy as the walk takes you up and down peaks to reach the summit of Scafell Pike. Many people are anxious with this being a night walk but you will have been fully briefed and have the expertise of our safety team to guide you throughout. This mountain has the hardest terrain of all three with a mixture of paths, boulder fields and scree. However seeing the sunrise as you descend from the mountain is as magical as it sounds and everyone has normally built a strong camaraderie during the night ready for the final challenge.

SATURDAY

0500hrs Leave Seatoller

0600hrs Breakfast

1130hrs Lunch on coach

1200hrs Climb Ben Nevis

2000hrs Check into hotel

2130hrs Dinner

After completing the second of our mountains we head for the closest service station for a full English breakfast and to freshen up. As it will be a long journey to Scotland this is great time to replenish cereal bars, water and re-pack your bag ready for the final mountain. After leaving the services everyone switches their phones to silent and gets as much sleep as possible.

Just before lunch you will receive your sandwiches and goodie bags to build up your energy ready for the final mountain. Following a full brief from the head of our safety team we will have had a full update on weather conditions and recommendations for clothing.

We arrive at Ben Nevis and begin long steady climb which remains roughly at the same gradient throughout. Trekking up past the waterfall which is the half way point and then on to the famous zigzags before reaching the summit. Depending on the time of year and previous weather condition there may be a small amount of snow at the top! The views can be spectacular and as we reach the summit there’s the opportunity for a team photo and snack before heading back down the mountain getting closer to the bar and comfy bed!

The walk back gets quicker and as we reach the bottom there is lots of congratulations, bottle of celebratory beer (or soft drink), handshakes and hugs.

We are then transported to our hotel for the night where a quick shower and change of clothes makes a huge difference and everyone meets in the bar to celebrate, share stories, show off blisters and enjoy the three course celebratory meal!

SUNDAY

0800hrs Breakfast

0900hrs Presentation with Three Peaks Challenge certificates

1000hrs Pictures and coach home

1500hrs Lunch stop at service station

1900hrs Drop off near Birmingham*

2000hrs Drop off Cheltenham*

2100hrs Drop off Bristol*

*The coach is able to facilitate a drop off at any service stations on the return journey route (M6/M5).

After a long nights sleep everyone meets for a full English Breakfast before a presentation to each individual of their challenge certificate. After a team photo it’s back to our coach to travel back to Cheltenham and Bristol with an optional drop off at Glasgow airport. During the trip back some of the team will sleep and for those that cant conversations flow and films will be played over the entertainment system.

Terms and conditions

THREE PEAKS TERMS & CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

Please read the following Terms & Conditions of Entry carefully 

Event costs and sponsorship

1. In return for a secured place on the Event you will need to pay a £20 registration fee.

2. In addition, you will be required to make a further payment of £166 to cover the cost of travel, accommodation, food and mountain guides by 2 June 2017. This must be paid prior to this date in order for you to be able to participate in the event.

3. You will pledge to endeavour to raise an additional minimum amount of £350 in sponsorship.

4. All funds raised in the name of WellChild must be paid to WellChild. You have a legal responsibility to ensure that all sponsorship monies/donations received by you for the Event are paid to WellChild promptly.

5. Should you have to withdraw, for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible in writing. Payments made by you can be refunded should you wish up until five weeks before the challenge event (less costs incurred that cannot be recovered). If you notify us after this date then the £186 fee already paid cannot be refunded as this cost will have been incurred by WellChild. All sponsorship forms must be returned to WellChild, and we suggest that you ask any sponsors whose donations have already been collected whether they are happy for their donation to remain with the charity. Should any of your sponsors not wish their donation to remain with the charity, you must arrange for that donation to be returned to them.

General conditions of entry

6. You must be 18 years of age or above on the day that the Event commences.

7. All participants enter the Event entirely at their own risk and WellChild shall not be liable for any injury or loss that participants suffer as a result of taking part in the event, except where an injury or loss results from the negligence or omissions of WellChild. WellChild is covered by appropriate public liability insurance.

8. By entering the Event you confirm that you are aware of the risks involved and the degree of fitness required to take part and agree that you are physically capable of competing in the Event. You are advised to consult your doctor if in any doubt prior to undertaking any exercise programme. You undertake and agree to inform WellChild of any change in your medical condition from the date of registration up to and until the start of the Event. Participants aged 65 years or over, or who have a pre-existing medical condition, may be required to provide a doctor’s certificate stating they have a suitable level of fitness to participate in the Event.

9. Personal liability, medical, belongings/equipment or personal accident insurance is not provided by WellChild. You are advised to obtain such insurance yourself if required.

10. All participants are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner during their participation in the event.

11. You must not suffer from alcohol or drug dependency.

12. You must ensure you have all the items on the essential kit list e.g. ankle high walking boots (not trainers or mid ankle walking boots) and full waterproofs (jacket and trousers).

13. If at any time it is discovered that any participant should have been ineligible to participate in the Event (or if participation in the Event should have been refused for any reason whatsoever) WellChild reserve the right to disqualify from/refuse entry to such participant to the Event.

14. Itineraries, schedule and other arrangement changes may occur, which are beyond the control of WellChild or the safety team.

15. During the course of the Event you must fully comply with the instructions of the WellChild staff, safety team, emergency services and/or marshals.

16. WellChild may, at its sole discretion, withdraw places on the Event if it is believed to be in its own best interest to do so. WellChild reserves the right to cancel the Event should it be deemed necessary for any reasons outside of its control. In this instance, all donations paid by you will be refunded.

17. By taking part in an event, you confirm that you are happy for your name and any footage or photographs taken during your participation in the Event to be used by WellChild to publicise and organise events, and by WellChild generally in promoting the work of the charity. This may include brochures, posters, leaflets, display boards, website and any other such appropriate materials.

18. If your personal details (address, contact number etc.) change after you have submitted your application you must notify us immediately. All personal information will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

19. By participating in the Event you agree to the terms and conditions above and the following disclaimer ‘I declare I will abide by the age limits set for the event and will abide by all rules and instructions. I declare that I will not compete in the event unless I am medically fit to do so and that, in any event, I will compete at my own risk. I accept that the organisers (WellChild), sponsors, partners, marshals will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, costs or expenses, which may arise in consequence of my participation of the event, unless caused by their negligence or omission.

Organising your own event

It is best to join a fully organised Three Peaks Challenge due to the nature of the logistics and ensuring your safety on the mountain. However if you do wish to organise your own challenge please read the details below so that you you stay safe, think about preserving the local environment and organise the challenge in a responsible way.

Charity outdoor events (including the Three Peaks Challenge) have to follow guidance by the Institute of Fundraising if you are doing this for charity. To see this guidance please click here.

1. Plan your challenge carefully and ensure that your travel time is excluded from your walking time e.g. 24 hours walking and 10 hours travel time. This ensures your safety on the road as well as mountains. Read up about the challenge.

2. Ensure you have the correct equipment for the mountains. See the BMC New Hillwalkers Booklet for guidance. Here is a suggested kit list that WellChild organised Three Peaks Challenge participants are issued for our July events.

3. You should hire a qualified mountain guide if you are not a competent hill walker who can navigate by map and compass in the dark. Please do not rely on satnav or mobile phone maps/apps. Buy a full set of maps such as these.

4. Plan all logistics of the challenge and be prepared to cancel the event if the weather conditions are not right – keep track of the weather here. For more information about planning your logistics please click here for a useful book.

5. Register your event here with the Three Peaks Partnership. They help preserve the mountains with litter collections and path maintenance. Click here to read their guidelines regarding the Three Peaks Challenge. Also as we love our mountains please provide a donation to support the path maintenance by clicking here.

Have a safe challenge and let us know if you can fundraise for WellChild by clicking here.

Useful links

Weather updates – Mountain weather information service

Mountain guides – British Mountain Guides

Maps – Ordnance Survey Three Peaks maps

Suggested Kit list – Kit list

Training – Suggested training guide

Three Peaks Partnership – They maintain the mountain paths

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