In May 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.
This includes approximately:
- 450 miles total
- 44,000ft ascent – 1.5 times the height of Everest
- 55 miles (or 2 marathons) average per day
- Running self-supported without a dedicated vehicle
The current record stands at an impressive 9 days 11 hours by Tom Mountney.
Running the National 3 Peaks is much bigger than a physical challenge, and will launch our new charity Mind Over Mountains which delivers life-changing UK outdoor experiences to help people with mental ill health. We believe that immersion in nature is the most powerful tool to counter the crisis of mental ill-health in society, and that everyone should have access to the tools to build resilience and stay mentally well.
Raising £10,000 would fund at least two residential weekends in UK National Parks for over 40 people to benefit, and running from the highest points of the UK will reach out to as many people as possible who may benefit from attending a Mind Over Mountains event.
Through challenging my limits I will also challenge the stigma of eating disorders, especially in men – and get people talking about them.
* Mind Over Mountains is still pending a charity registration number – the JustGiving page will be launched ASAP so we can maximise GiftAid *
What does self-supported mean?
According to the Fastest Known Times website:
“Self-Supported means you may have as much support as you can manage or find along the way, but not from any pre-arranged people helping you. This can range from caching supplies in advance, purchasing supplies along the way, to finding or begging for food or water. To get a Self-Supported FKT you also have to beat the fastest Unsupported time (Unsupported is a subset of Self-Supported).”
I will be carrying all my own gear, and staying in hostels and hotels, but won’t be able to accept food/supplies/gear from others on the route. (Banter and motivational abuse are very welcome).