The National 3 Peaks Challenge FAQ’s

Pace / The National 3 Peaks Challenge FAQ’s

+ - How will Coronavirus affect this event?

We will be continuously monitor the situation taking into account current government guidelines and regularly risk assessing the event.

There will be contingency plans in place to adhere to the guidelines and varying degrees of risk.

Please see our page on current precautions: Covid-19-guidance.

+ - How do I sign up?

Sign up to The National 3 Peaks – 24hr Challenge HERE

Sign up to The National 3 Peaks – 3 day Challenge HERE

Sign up to The Yorkshire 3 Peaks HERE

+ - What is included in the registration fee?

The National 3 Peaks – 24hr Challenge

Your £349 registration fee includes:

  • Minibus pick up
  • Transport between peaks
  • One night’s stop over
  • Mountain Leader
  • Optional training walks

The National 3 Peaks – 3 day Challenge

Your £349 registration fee includes:

  • Minibus transport to and from the start point
  • Fully qualified mountain leaders
  • 3 night’s accommodation
  • Transport between peaks
  • Minibus pick up
  • Optional training walks

NOTE: Food, drink & personal insurance are not included.

Yorkshire 3 Peaks

Only £45 sign up includes:

  • Fully qualified leaders
  • Optional training walks

NOTE: Food, drink & personal insurance are not included.

+ - How many people will there be on the event?

There is no limit on the number of people taking part, but groups will be split into teams of up to 12 with a qualified mountain leader per group and minibus driver where needed.

+ - Can I leave belongings/extra bags on the bus?

Yes overnight bags, changes of walking clothes etc can be brought onto the minibus and left there while you are walking.

However, please try to be as minimalist as possible as there is limited space and this impacts your comfort during travelling.

+ - Is food provided?

We do not supply any food on the trip, however breakfast will be provided at the accommodation each morning on The National 3 Peaks 3 day Challenge.

We will be making regular stops at service stations and shops between mountains where you will be able to purchase food for lunch.

We hope everyone will join us for pub dinners in the evenings.

+ - How far / high are The 3 Peaks?

The National 3 Peaks 24 hr Challenge

The whole challenge consists of hiking 25 miles, 10,000ft of slopes and 480 miles of driving.

Snowdon (Wales – 1085m) – 3 to 4 hours

Scafell Pike (England – 978m) – 3 to 4 hours

Ben Nevis (Scotland – 1345m) – 4 to 5 hours

The National 3 Peaks 3 day Challenge

The whole challenge consists of hiking 25 miles, 10,000ft of slopes and 480 miles of driving.

Snowdon (Wales – 1085m)

Scafell Pike (England – 978m)

Ben Nevis (Scotland – 1345m)

Yorkshire 3 Peaks

The whole challenge consists of hiking: Whernside – 736m,  Ingleborough – 723m, Pen-y-Ghent – 694m, covering 39km and climbing over 1700m.

The aim is to complete the 25 mile circuit in 12 hours, but can take anything from 10 to 14 hours.

+ - How do we get to each peak and home? How long will it take?

The National 3 Peaks Challenges.

The minibus will collect participants from Pace in Aylesbury and transport the team to each mountain and back again once the challenge is complete. You will receive an email with the full itinerary. Please note however there is no parking at Pace so participants need to be dropped off.

The journey to Snowdon, the first peak, takes around 4 hours.

Snowdon to Scafell Pike is around 4.5hrs.

Then to Ben Nevis is around 6 hrs.

It will take approx 10 hours including stops to return home the day after the challenge.

All of these timings are depending on traffic.

Yorkshire 3 Peaks

You are required to organise your own transport to and from the challenge, meeting at Ribbledale, Yorkshire, as well as any accommodation, although we can offer assistance with this if required.

+ - How long does it take to climb each mountain?

The National 3 Peaks – 3 day Challenge

This very much depends on fitness and aspirations of the group. However for the 3 days challenge a guide would be:

Snowdon 5 to 6 hours on average

Scafell Pike 5 to 6 hours on average

Ben Nevis 6 to 7 hours on average

+ - What kind of accommodation do we have during the event?

The National 3 Peaks – 3 day Challenge

We will stay in twin rooms in budget hotels/hostels.

These vary according to availability, but are situated on the route between each mountain.

Details will be sent by email closer to the event date once confirmed.

Yorkshire 3 Peaks

Accommodation is not included in the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge although we can help with this if required.

+ - How much water and other drinks do we need?

We recommend carrying 2 litres of fluid, mainly water, with some sugary drinks on each mountain. There will be opportunities to refill between peaks on all 3 challenges.

As with food, we will stop off during the journeys where drinks can be purchased and drinking containers can be refilled at each accommodation.

+ - How fit should I be?

This is a particularly hard question to answer. The level of training needed depends totally on where you’re starting from. Completion is also largely dependent on your level of determination and stamina, not just aerobic fitness.

However, as a rough guide we recommend vigorous exercise at least 3 times per week for at least 3 months prior to the event. Walk briskly on the hilliest routes you can find, such that you are regularly out of breath. Improve your stamina by including a long weekly walk building up to 15 miles or more. Improve your cardio by walking your shorter walks as fast as you can, so your breathing is heavy and if at all possible include jogging, which helps replicate the cardiovascular strain of walking up a steep mountain.

In addition, strength and condition exercise, such as weight resistance in a gym, working on your core and leg power is beneficial.

The fitter you are the more enjoyable you will find the challenge.

+ - What equipment will I need?

It is essential to be properly equipped and to have tried and tested clothing.

Please see the FULL KIT LIST

+ - Can I take part with a medical condition?

We strongly recommend anyone who has a medical condition should seek approval from their doctor before signing up to a challenge.

When registering for the event, you are agreeing to be fit and healthy enough to take part.

Depending on the type and severity of your condition, we may require a letter from a medical professional stating that you are fit enough to undergo the activity.

+ - What if I am unable to finish the climb?

There will be 2 mountain leaders in the group, so one will help you down the mountain if you are unable to get to the top.

On the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, there is a support car that can pick up from nearby roads if someone isn’t able to complete the full 25 miles.

+ - What if I need to cancel my place?

All deposits are non-refundable.

If you have paid your remaining balance and cancel within 3 months of the challenge start date, you will not be entitled to a refund. However your remaining balance payment can be transferred to another Get Outdoors Ltd event. Your deposit will need to be paid again before the start date of the new challenge event.

If you cancel before 3 months, you will be entitled to a refund of your remaining balance (not the non-refundable deposit) fee or you can transfer the remaining balance amount towards another event.

If you can find someone who would like to take over your challenge place, this is possible at the discretion of Get Outdoors. Any monies already paid will be assigned to your replacement booking and they will be required to pay any remaining balance due.

+ - What about Insurance?

Get Outdoors has public liability insurance. This does not cover participants personally unless Get Outdoors are at fault. Nor does it cover participants personal possessions, so we recommend you take an appropriate level of travel insurance to cover you for this activity.

+ - Is there a minimum age?

There is no minimum age requirement, but we generally require that participants who are under 18 are accompanied by a parent.

+ - Can I bring my dog?

The National 3 Peaks Challenges.

This is not a dog friendly event as you will spend a long time on the minibus with other group members and some accommodation used is not dog friendly.

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Dogs are allowed as long as they are on a lead when in fields with livestock and on roads and are kept under control at all times.

+ - What do we get for completing the challenge?

Finisher medals are handed out at the end of the challenge.

+ - Do I have to raise sponsorship?

The National 3 Peaks – 24hr  Challenge

There is a MINIMUM sponsorship target of £750 to take part in this event.

The National 3 Peaks – 3 day Challenge

There is a MINIMUM sponsorship target of £350 to take part in this event.

Yorkshire 3 Peaks

There is a MINIMUM sponsorship target of £200 to take part in this event.

Please be aware, your entry fee goes towards the cost of organising the walk, but it’s the money you raise through sponsorship that goes towards helping us support the inspirational children and young families at Pace.

+ - How can I raise sponsorship?

The easiest way to collect sponsorship is by using your fundraising page which is automatically set up for you after you register.

Once you have registered, you can start promoting your challenge to family, friends and colleagues and potential sponsors.

See our fundraising tips HERE.

If you would rather collect sponsorship using a sponsor form contact kelly.houghton@thepacecentre.org

+ - What do I do with my sponsorship money after the event?

Money raised via your online fundraising page comes directly to us, so there’s no need to do anything.

Any money raised offline can be sent with your sponsorship form to Kelly Houghton, Pace, 156 Wendover Rd, Aylesbury, HP22 5TE.

Alternatively you can send any funds via bank transfer. Contact kelly.houghton@thepacecentre.org for our bank details.

+ - Event booking terms & conditions

Click HERE for Event booking terms & conditions

+ - More questions?

Contact kelly.houghton@thepacecentre.org or call 01296 616973