Ironman superstar, Chrissie Wellington and a team of three complete gruelling Three Peaks challenge
Chrissie Wellington has completed a taxing version of the Three Peaks Challenge with three other athletes, in order to raise money for charity.
Matt Edwards, Alex Prince and Marcus Mumford joined the Ironman legend on a version of the traditional challenge that saw them scale the UK’s three highest peaks: Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis and cycle the distance between in under 48 hours.
The team completed their task yesterday morning after taking in all three summits in 47 hours, 47 minutes, squeezing in just one hour’s sleep throughout. They finished at the base of Ben Nevis at at 8.47am with 13 minutes to spare.
The challenge saw the team run 8 miles up Snowdon, gaining nearly 2,789 feet. They then hopped in the saddle and pedalled 168 miles to Scafell Pike on a route that included 8,104 feet of climbing.
Summiting Scafell Pike required a run of almost 11 miles with a total height gain of 3,478 feet. After descending they picked up their bikes again for a 253-mile ride north to the foot of Ben Nevis, covering 13,615 feet of climbing and arriving at 2am.
After that it was 10 miles up and down the Ben, taking in 4,593 feet of climbing. And anyone who has run up and down a mountain will know that the descent is hardly easier.
Chrissie wrote on the team’s blog that the challenge was: “the hardest thing I have ever undertaken and accomplished”.
She added “I took on the challenge because I really didn’t know if it would be possible for me to finish it. I wanted to take myself out of my comfort zone, step into the unknown and push myself to the limit, raise money for charity and do all of that as part of a team. This amazing challenge was absolutely epic in every sense of the word!”
The team have been raising money for Jole Rider, an charity that provides bicycles to children in Africa so they can get to school, and the Rainbow Trust, a London-based charity that supports families with terminally ill children. If you’d like to donate, you can do so here.