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Eight idiots, three peaks, 24 hours

What have I done?

On a cold January afternoon, a few people in the office started discussing the Three Peaks Challenge and what fun it would be to do. I immediately volunteered.

Well, why wouldn’t you when the reality of the situation is that these hare-brained ideas rarely come to anything, and actually I could put myself forward safe in the knowledge that we wouldn’t really do it after all.

Bad news. We’re doing it. On the 10th June 2011.

The enormity of what we’ve let ourselves in for is starting to slowly sink in. Depending on who you talk to, and which websites you look at, the total mileage covered on foot ranges between 22 and 26 miles. The total ascent is over 10,000 ft. All in 24 hours, across three countries.

For those of you who don’t know, the Three Peaks Challenge is essentially a race to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within a 24 hour time period, which obviously includes travelling time between each mountain.

Our group of intrepid adventurers include three PR consultants, our head of digital, our planning director, one of our developers, one account handler and a graphic designer. Mad, each and every one.

We aim to start the ascent on Ben Nevis around 4pm on Friday 10th June, travel later in the evening to Scafell Pike in Cumbria and start the ascent in the middle of the night, in the dark, having had little or no sleep. Then the fun continues with a five hour or so journey to Wales where we start our final assault on Snowdon. The objective being to be back at the foot of Snowdon by 4pm on Saturday.

Ha. Hahahahaha.

The reason we are doing all of this is to raise money for CLIC Sargent, a national charity supporting children and their families living with cancer.

Every day 10 families are told the devastating news that their child has cancer. CLIC Sargent is the only charity offering them care and support every step of the way.

So there’s that, and the fact that we are all clearly insane.

We’ve set up a just giving page  http://www.justgiving.com/hroc3peaks for anyone wishing to support the team and we’re aiming to raise £5000 for the charity.

I can’t believe I’ve let myself in for this.

More updates to follow on our blog over the coming months and thanks to everyone who has supported us so far.