The National 3 Peaks 24 hour Challenge Event Details

Pace / The National 3 Peaks 24 hour Challenge Event Details

+ - 21st - 23rd August

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+ - Fundraising & Sponsorship

Minimum fundraising target for this event is £750.

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

+ - Saturday

10:00am: Scotland Drive

Heading north, into Scotland and on through the magnificent highlands. A drive to truly take your breath away. Finally terminating in Fort William at the foot of the highest mountain in the UK!

+ - Sunday

7:00am: Ben Nevis

Starting with the biggest climb; from Fort William to 1345m; the highest point in Britain; the summit plateau of colossal Ben Nevis. Jaw dropping scenery and incredible views all the way!

Target: 2.5 hour climb, 2 hour descent.

11:30am: Lakes Drive

6 hours on the minibus leads to the picturesque twisty lanes, where Scafell Pike is discovered amidst the stunning western Lakeland District.

5:30pm: Scafell Pike

The highest mountain in England at 978m, has a surprisingly rocky and unrelentingly steep path. This is arguably the toughest part of the test! Often engulfed by mist and with the early part of our climb ahead of a mountain top sunrise, before descending to the minibus for the next leg of our epic journey.

Target: 2.5 hour climb, 2 hour descent.

10:00pm: Snowdon Drive

5 hours on we arrive in beautiful North Wales to discover mighty mount Snowdon – the finale to this huge challenge!

+ - Monday

3:00am: Snowdon

The steep and often narrow Pyg Track heads up above the reservoir of Llyn Llydaw; crossing the causeway and climbing further at the northern tip of Glaslyn. The rise continues with a grueling zig-zag climb, before one last push to the summit for a view far beyond the distant horizon.

This final glorious peak stands at 1085m and is followed by a triumphant descent back for our medal presentation and awaiting transport.

Target: 2.0hr climb, 2hr descent.

 7:00am: Finish!

+ - Mountain kit list

  • Rucksack – min 25 litre.
  • Walking boots – Broken in. NO trainers!
  • Double layer walking socks; prevent blisters.
  • Waterproof jacket with hood.
  • Waterproof trousers – keep you dry and warm.
  • Base layer top – breathable for evaporation.
  • Warm fleece upper layer and spare fleece.
  • Walking trousers: NO jeans!
  • Multiple thin tops allowing you to change your temperature.
  • Clothes for after the challenge.
  • 2 litres of fluid per mountain.
  • Sun cream.
  • Warm gloves, hat/balaclava.
  • Head torch with spare batteries.
  • Whistle for sounding the alarm.
  • Packed lunches.
  • Toiletries, towel.
  • Sleeping bag and pillow if required.

+ - Food & drink

Walkers are expected to supply their own food for the duration of the challenge. This necessitates some organisation of food for the daytimes, which falls into two categories:

1) Sandwiches, cold pasta, rice, sausage rolls, etc prepared as something substantial for the journey to each mountain. Best eaten with plenty of time to digest and replenish muscles.

2) Sugary snacks as energy top ups for walking with. Fruits, nuts, etc are healthier alternatives. Glucose energy gels and electrolyte replacements can also be useful. However, do not rely on this kind of food for the whole challenge, too much sugar without substantial meals between mountains will leave you feeling sick.

As with your kit, make sure you have tried and tested anything you plan to eat. The last thing you want to do is test how your body will react to anything new during the challenge.

Hydration is the most important aspect of nutrition. It is essential you continually take on water in regular, small amounts while walking and on the minibus. It is easy to underestimate how much you need and very easy to suffer dehydration, which is incredibly unpleasant and could prevent you completing the challenge. Each walker should carry a minimum of 3 litres of fluid (water and sugary drinks) for each mountain.

+ - Training

All sorts of people walk the 3 Peaks, but it is a serious event, so do not take it lightly! There is no doubt that the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the challenge.

We all start from a different fitness level, but as a rough guide during the build up, walkers should be looking to do at least 3 months of vigorous exercise (fast walking/jogging), 2 or 3 times a week, building up gradually to 90 minute sessions.

In addition, a longer walk once a week, starting gently, but building up to 15miles+ of hilly terrain. Include some jogging/running if possible, to push your cardiovascular fitness and make walking uphill easier.

It can be really motivating to draw up a training plan and tick off sessions as you achieve them. Log progress with an app like Strava to inspire and make you accountable to others.

Try to vary routes as much as possible to prevent boredom. Experience of real mountain conditions is highly recommended; you cannot replicate the difficulty of the steep terrain and weather conditions you can encounter in the mountains. There are lots of training opportunities and chances to train both more locally and on real mountains via our event provider: www.getoutdoorsuk.org

However, do not over train, especially in the early days. Aching muscles are in the process of developing, so need recovery time to repair and become stronger, allowing you to push harder and further next time.