National 3 Peaks Challenge 2017

1 - 3 September 2017
Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon

National 3 Peaks Challenge 2017

Take on the three highest mountains in the UK within 24 hours - Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.

Brace yourself for a fast-paced and physically challenging adventure, as you take on the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales. Considered one of Britain’s toughest outdoor challenges, the National 3 Peaks Challenge takes in the dizzy heights of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.

 

Over the course of two days, you will trek around 26 miles and ascend to a total height of almost 3,000m. This is a serious and tough challenge which requires a good level of fitness, as well as plenty of grit and determination. Your hard work will be rewarded with spectacular views and a huge sense of achievement.

 

 Highlights

 

What's included

 

Book your place on this memorable adventure by visiting the Charity Challenge website and selecting MHA as your chosen charity.

 

 

Location

Venue

The National 3 Peaks Challenge takes in the dizzy heights of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.

 

The group will meet at Manchester Piccadilly Station before boarding the minibus to Ben Nevis, the beginning of your challenge! 

Event Essentials

General Information Event starts from: Sep 01, 2017 to Sep 03, 2017 Contact number: 01332 221641 Course detail:
Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon

Your entry

Self funder option:

Pay a registration fee of £75 when you book, then a balance of £380 (5 weeks before your challenge).

 

Raise as much as you can for MHA.

 

Minimum sponsorship option:

 

Registration fee of £75 when you book.

 

Raise a minimum of £775 for MHA.

 

Read a more detailed explanation of the options available.

Event registration

Register today by visiting the Charity Challenge website and selecting MHA as your chosen charity.

 

Registration closes on 1 August 2017.

For more information about this event, please contact the MHA Fundraising Team by calling 01332 221641 or emailing events@mha.org.uk 

Event day

Day 1: Friday 1 September 2017

 

The day begins at 11am as the group finally meets at Manchester Piccadilly Station. Following a warm welcome, we head off by road to Fort William in Scotland. We will stop off in a local Scottish Highland town where you will have the opportunity to buy dinner, before we check-in to our hotel in Fort William and turn in for the night ahead of tomorrow’s early start for our big adventure.

 

Day 2: Saturday 2 September 2017

Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike

 

It’s a super early start (5am), as we head off to tackle the first of the three peaks.

 

Standing at the western end of the Grampian Mountains, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles and is formed from the collapsed dome of an ancient volcano. The trail up to the summit begins on the eastern side of Glen Nevis, from where we will follow a steep path up to the saddle of Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe (570m). From here we'll begin a zigzag ascent up the western flank of Ben Nevis to the summit. There are only ten miles to cover, but they will be challenging and will take some six hours to complete. Be sure to stay mindful and aware at all times as the path is uneven and slippery in parts.

 

The pay-off at the top is immense. On a clear day, the views can stretch for 120 miles across the Torridon Hills, Ben Lomond and out towards County Antrim in Northern Ireland. The group will transfer by vehicle southwards towards Wasdale in the Lake District. Dinner will be served before we transfer to Wasdale Head for our ascent of Scafell Pike (978m). Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England and consists of a steep ascent involving some easy scrambling in places. We will descend in darkness before trying to catch some sleep on the drive to Snowdonia.

 

Day 3: Sunday 3 September 2017

Snowdon

 

Hopefully you will have had time to recharge for another early start. Time is at a premium, however, as the final peak still awaits us. Driving on to Pen-y-Pass at the high end of the Llanberis Pass, we follow a rocky trail along the Pyg Track to the top of Snowdonia National Park in Wales.

 

Teamwork and determination are all important as we forge our way onwards and upwards to conquer this final challenge. Snowdon and its surrounding peaks have been described as true examples of alpine typography and from our elevated viewpoint you can take in the surrounding lakes and cwms and, weather permitting, some of the most extensive views in the British Isles. On a clear day you can see four kingdoms, 24 counties, 29 lakes and 17 islands!

 

Resting at the top for some group photos and impromptu celebrations, we head back to our vehicle for the drive back to Manchester.

 

There is no accommodation arranged for the final evening, so you may wish to consider booking an extra night’s accommodation to rest after the challenge. If you are returning home by train please make sure you have booked an open ticket, as timings will depend very much on the group’s speed and ability.

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£6 could help us deliver a week's Telebuddies service, providing a regular phone call to check on five isolated older people living alone.

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£50 could train a volunteer befriender for an isolated older person, helping to reduce loneliness and isolation in their own home.

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£180 could fund a Music Therapist for a day, working to reduce anxiety in four 1:1 sessions and one group session.

Spread the word and maximise your fundraising!

We've got lots of resources to help you hit your fundraising targets. To find out more, get in touch with the Fundraising Team.

Gift Aid

For every pound your supporters donate, we can claim an extra 25p from the taxman (provided they are a taxpayer at the time of their donation.) This can make a big difference in helping us to reduce loneliness and isolation in older age. Encourage your sponsors to confirm they’re happy for us to claim Gift Aid when they fill in your sponsorship form.

If they qualify for Gift Aid, all they have to do is fill in the sponsorship form fully and sign the Gift Aid box. It’s important to remember that we can only claim Gift Aid for donations. We can’t claim it for:
• raffle tickets
• entry to an event
• sponsorship from close family members for some challenge events
If you need any more information or have any questions, just get in touch.

Matched Funding

Some companies have a match-funding scheme which could double the amount you raise. Speak to your employer to see if you could take advantage of this.

Fundraising Online

Creating a fundraising page online can massively boost your sponsorship. Start by uploading a photo, sharing your reasons for fundraising and setting yourself a target.

A large opening donation can have an impact on the average amount the rest of your supporters donate - so ask a generous friend or family member to get things going!

It’ll be alright on the night

Boost your fundraising, tell everyone about your challenge and spread the word about our vital work by publicising your efforts. Here are just a few tips.

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Share updates and images on Twitter @BestForAges and tag them with #BestForAges

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Share your story with a local newspaper to reach a wider audience. You can get in touch with our Press Team if you need help.

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Inspire colleagues and get closer to your fundraising target by putting posters up in your workplace.

Spread the word and maximise your fundraising!

We've got lots of resources to help you hit your fundraising targets. To find out more, get in touch with the Fundraising Team.

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