Three Peaks 24 Hour Challenge

The Idea

The idea came from Logan Brown and Mike Jones when they were looking for a challenge for 2010, which happened to be discussed at a Hogmanay party, 31/12/2009. They decided to take on the Three Peaks 24 Hour Challenge in June 2010. Their plan was to raise money for three charities; The Meningitis Trust, Cancer Research UK, and Macmillan Cancer Support.

David MacTaggart then joined the team. David had experienced a dreadful family tragedy losing firstly his teenage daughter Sarah-Jane with meningitis, then six months later lost his wife Juliette to cancer. With all these charities so close to his heart he felt duly bound to play a major part in this challenge. David volunteered to navigate the team car by finding the quickest route between the Three Peaks.

Next to join the team was Louise Aitken-Walker MBE who volunteered to drive the team. Finally, Karen Brown took the responsibility of being the first aider, also providing the food and back-up. So, the team were now “The Famous Five”.

The Execution

A 7.30PM start on Thursday the 17th of June saw climbers Logan and Mike set off on their first challenge – Ben Nevis. The pair managed to complete this in 3 hours, 13 minutes, and 4 seconds. At 10.45PM they departed to Scafell Pike where they started their ascent at 3.21AM they were back to the bottom in 2 hours, 15 minutes, and 5 seconds. Now onto the last of the Three peaks, Snowdon. They managed to complete this in 2 hours, 33 minutes, and 9 seconds – a great effort from the two. The challenge was completed. The total climbing time was 8 hours, 1 minute and 8 seconds. The total driving time was 9 hours, 4 minutes, and 10 seconds. So, this gave us a total time of 17 hours, 5 minutes, and 18 seconds to successfully complete the Three Peaks challenge!

The challenge is divided into four time thresholds for the awards which are the following; Bronze for sub 24 hours, Silver for sub 22 hours, Gold for sub 20 hours and Platinum for sub 17.5 hours. So, this meant it was a truly Platinum performance for “The Famous Five”.

Now to the most important part – the fundraising. The team managed to raise a staggering £46,824 all of which went to the chosen charities (The Meningitis Trust, Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support).

The team would like to thank everyone for their donations and a special thanks to Mercedes Benz of Coldstream for supplying a Mercedes ML350 to complete the challenge in.