Scafell Pike Training Run

Damo, Kev & Mike set off for the Lake District on Sunday night in order to attempt Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak. The boys stayed overnight in a youth hostel in Elterwater and set their alarm for 5:30am!

What they hadn’t initially realised was that, although the start of Scafell Pike was just a few miles away, they had to drive round one of the great lakes to get there, so they didn’t actually start their ascent until 07:19am! A minor setback, but nothing to put them off.

The climb went really well, but was a lot tougher than last months climb of Snowdon. By comparison, the straigh-forward path of Snowdon was a stroll in the park! Scafell Pike is considered to be the hardest of the 3 peaks and certainly lived up to its reputation. This was definitely a “climb” involving scrambling over boulders and rocks, with several sheer drops of several hundred feet before reaching the summit in a time of 3:43hrs.

The descent was a lot easier, but still tough and (unlike Snowdon) the boys weren’t able to run all the way down. However, Kev & Mike finished in a very respectable time of 4:30hrs and Damo finished in under 5 hours. A great achievement if you add in the factor that Damo was designated driver for the trip!

The boys then drove 4 hours from the Lake District to Snowdonia, ready to attempt Snowdon. But, the traffic was against them and they arrived around 4:30pm and they quickly realised it would be unwise and unsafe to attempt the peak without head torches with darkness falling. It was a shame, as it would have been great to attempt 2 peaks on the same day. But common sense meant that with 9 hours driving for Damo, it would have been dangerous to add another 3-4 hours climbing on top of the already long 14 hour day!

The good news is that, between them, the boys have climbed both Snowdon and Scafell Pike within target times as part of their practice. If you factor in the fact that there will be less ‘sightseeing’ (stopping for photos) on the day of the actual challenge and combine this with another 6 weeks fitness training, the team are confident of achieving their goal. 3 peaks, 24 hours. Bring it on!

Snowdon Practice Run

 

Team Wayne have all been training hard, with workouts in the gym, circuit training, boxercise and walks along the Thames Path. But nothing can prepare them for the 3 Peaks Challenge than climbing one of the actual peaks!

Consequently, The Team decided to climb Snowdon as a practice run. It’s a 4 hour drive to Snowdonia from Cricklade, meaning an early start was in order! But, after filling up with fuel and pasties on route, the boys arrived in Llanberis around lunchtime and found a car park close to the start of the Llanberis path.

Equipped with their rucsacs, boots, gaiters & waterproof jackets (purchased with the generous sponsorship of Dave Cobb Transport), the boys began their ascent.

Damo, Kev, Carl, Mike & Dave started off slowly (Bow was unable to make this particular practice run due to work commitments & the fact that Damo was rubbish at giving him sufficient notice, oops)! The first hour seemed to go by pretty quickly, and the boys stopped for a rest. But a quick glance at the map meant they realised they weren’t even halfway up! So, they began to march on at a much quicker pace, although some of the path was very steep which slowed them down a bit!

Blizzard conditions met them at the top, with fresh snow coming up to Damo’s knees! (And yes, we know he’s short)! The team reached the summit in just under 3 hours and it felt really good! They stopped for photos at the highest point in the whole of England and Wales, but the snow clouds obscured the view a little!

The hike down was much quicker. They even ran most of it! Kev & Mike completed the trek in 4 hours 10 minutes, with Damo, Carl & Mike far behind. Given that the team have allowed 4 hours to complete Snowdon on the actual challenge, this was very pleasing to do it in this time at the first attempt. Hopefully, if time, money and fuel allow, the boys will make another attempt in the coming weeks (giving Bow much more notice this time)!

Damo broke down on the way home & after their 7am start, the boys didn’t get home til Cricklade (on the back of a tow truck) until gone midnight – but the less said about that bit, the better!

All in all, despite the long journey home, it was a great day out and the team bonded really well. It was a fantastic achievement and we are all proud of the whole team for their efforts!

In Training

Team Wayne have begun training for the 3 Peaks Challenge! Damo, Kev & Mike have been training regularly in the gym. Working mainly on cardio and fitness levels, as well as some weights to increase overall body strength.

Carl has been out runing with some of the family too.

Damo and Kev have been wearing in their hiking gear, trekking off to Castle Eaton along the Thames Path (pictured right), which is an 8.5 mile round trip. First attempt was 3 hours 13 and Kev shaved 40 minutes off that on the 2nd attempt.

The team will shortly be meeting up together to start some hiking training, with The Ridgeway and Liddington Hill the first few areas to tackle locally, before moving onto some hillier terrain (eg Brecon Beacons or Snowdonia).