This summer Fifth Former pupil Sebastian H completed the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Bloodwise and Cancer Research UK. Having spent over a year preparing for the event, Sebastian began the challenge on 30 July as a lone cyclist amongst crowds of walkers.
Conditions were good as the group began the ascent of Ben Nevis on the Monday morning. Sebastian reports that, in reality, the ascent of all three peaks was mostly a walking matter, and it was only on the descents that he could really test his bike. Having completed Ben Nevis by late afternoon, the group began their car journey to the Lake District to start on Helvellyn on Tuesday morning. This passed without incident and spirits were high. A four-hour journey took the group to Snowdon where the weather started to deteriorate. They reached the summit at 8.30pm with temperatures as low as 3°C and completed the challenge at 10pm, 36 hours after the start.
Commenting on the challenge, Sebastian said: ‘Overall it was an amazing experience. I find it easier to remember the highs of the views and the camaraderie than the lows of bones shaking and my wheels getting stuck in ruts. I was certainly in the minority as a cyclist but most of the walkers made way for me, although they probably thought I was mad!’
So far Sebastian has raised £3,500 for his chosen charities of his £5,000 target. Huge congratulations on this brilliant achievement.