Tecforce team at the starting line
About the Three Peaks Challenge
The National Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing three of the highest mountains in mainland Britain in just 24 hours. This immensely tough and gruelling experience sees hundreds of teams of walkers scaling Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Snowdon in Wales in aid of their chosen causes each year.
Tecforce put together a team of seven enthusiastic walkers: Peter Freestone, Laura Cawdell, Isabel Grainger, Luke Fowler, Billy Gill, Dan Wesson and Scott Flinders. They were supported by a crew of three, Matt Hillier, Natasha Bingley and Daz Barton, whose job was to drive the team on to the next mountain as soon as they’d finished their descent.
The Challenge Tecforce Experience
The adventure began on 6th June 2014 when the Challenge Tecforce team hit the road to take on their first mountain, Ben Nevis. Thanks to the generosity of their various sponsors, the challengers had free use of two crew cabs (Tecforce itself paid for the fuel), were kitted out in specially-printed t-shirts and were well-stocked with all-important water supplies.
The team’s ascent began at 5pm in blazing sunshine and ended with a tricky climb through thick snow to reach the summit. And after a brief stop to admire the view, it was straight back down and into the crew cabs for the drive down to Scafell Pike.
Top of Ben Nevis
After little or no sleep, energy levels were on the low side when the second climb commenced at 4am the next morning. But the team members gave each other plenty of motivation and there was soon no stopping them, despite high winds and sometimes dangerous conditions underfoot.
Just five hours later, the walkers were back at ground level and Snowdon-bound. The team made good time and were on the mountain by lunchtime. They chose to walk up the Pyg track, the shortest route up Snowdon but also very steep. Progress was hampered by fog, with poor visibility meaning the team often had to walk in pairs. Eventually, however, they reached the summit – successfully completing the National Three Peaks Challenge.
Top of Scafell Pike
Commenting on their experience, Challenge Tecforce team member Laura Cawdell said:
‘The feeling when we’d finally conquered Snowdon was great and we seemed to gain energy and conversation on the way down. The whole challenge took its toll on joints such as the knees and hips, but we didn’t have any injuries as such, just lots of aches and pains.
Accomplishment is an amazing feeling and we definitely helped each other out as a team. The entire experience was incredible and to think we’ve raised around £1,500 for two charities that are close to our hearts is just fantastic. Bring on next year!’
Top of Snowden
Tecforce’s Chosen Charities
Tecforce chose to split the funds raised by their Three Peaks Challenge team between two charities: Children First Derby and RNLI.
Children First Derby is a Derby-based charity that works with children and their families to make a positive impact on their lives and in the local community. The organisation provides a number of services, including a supervised contact service for looked-after children, a community-based family support service and one to one mentoring for teenagers.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a well-known charity that exists to save lives at sea. It provides a 24 hour lifeboat and search and rescue service around the UK and Irish coasts, an inland flood rescue service and a seasonal lifeguard service for 200 UK and Channel Island beaches.
Make a Donation
If you’d like to contribute to Tecforce’s fundraising efforts for one or both of these charities, you can donate online using the links below:
Tecforce and Air-IT
Based in Derby, Tecforce supplies a comprehensive range of repair, overhaul, consultancy, testing and training services to the railway rolling stock market. The company is part of the MCT Group. Since its establishment in 1994, Tecforce has rapidly risen to become a trusted supplier to some of the biggest and best known names in the rail industry.
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