In August 2020, I will attempt to run the National Three Peaks Challenge – running up the three highest peaks in the UK and the entire distance between them in under 9 days – the fastest known time.
- Approx 440 miles total
- 44,000ft ascent – 1.5 times the height of Everest
- Approx. 50 miles average per day
- Self-supported as much as possible without a dedicated support vehicle
The current record stands at an impressive 9 days 11 hours by Tom Mountney.
- Friday 14th August: start Glen Nevis Youth Hostel, Climb Ben Nevis. Finish Tyndrum
- Saturday 15th August: Tyndrum to Glasgow
- Sunday 16th August: Glasgow to Moffat
- Monday 17th August: Moffat to Carlisle
- Tuesday 18th August: Carlisle, Climb Scafell Pike via Seathwaite, finish YHA Ambleside
- Wednesday 19th August: YHA Ambleside to Garstang
- Thursday 20th August: Garstang to Frodsham
- Friday 21st August: Frodsham to Ruthin
- Saturday 22nd August: Ruthin, Climb Snowdon up Pen-y-Pass. FINISH Llanberis
COVID-19 hasn’t just cancelled our races – lockdown has threatened our mental health more than ever, especially those with eating disorders.
I’m running to raise £10,000 for our new charity Mind Over Mountains which delivers life-changing outdoor experiences to restore well-being. Re-connecting with nature has never been more important after lockdown. Mind Over Mountains use the transformative power of the great outdoors with a holistic approach to develop positive well-being across the UK, through residential, day and virtual programmes.
£10,000 would fund at least 12 ‘Reconnect Rambles’ programmes for 150 people to benefit from a day of guided hill-walking, virtual coaching and mindfulness. It would also provide bursaries for the unemployed, those on income support and front-line workers to take part.
It took me longer to access NHS mental health support for an eating disorder than it did to cycle and run 5,000 miles around the highest county tops of the United Kingdom (72 days) in 2017. Spending time outdoors has been the most powerful support for managing my mental well-being, and I’m determined to help others access the same benefits too.
* Mind Over Mountains is still pending a charity registration number but GiftAid is available via Givey.com *