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Three Peaks Challenge 2024

ESP team triumphs in the Three Peaks Challenge

More than just the thrill of the challenge

In a remarkable display of grit, determination, and camaraderie, the ESP team of adventurers successfully undertook the Three Peaks Challenge, scaling the highest mountains in Scotland, England, and Wales in 24 hours. The team travelled 500 miles to Fort William, Scotland, marking the beginning of an extraordinary adventure.

The nine-hour drive concluded at the Ben Nevis Inn where, against the backdrop of a snowcapped Ben Nevis glistening in the late afternoon sunshine, the team enjoyed a hearty meal, steeling themselves for the challenge ahead.

At 5pm, as the temperature hovered around 5°C and the rain began to fall, the team commenced their ascent of Ben Nevis. The rocky track to the summit, standing at 1,345m, proved arduous, with freezing rain showers transforming into hail and snow as they climbed higher. Reaching the summit, battered by -11°C wind chill, was a testament to their endurance. Despite slippery rocks causing slips and sore limbs, the team persevered, descending the mountain with remarkable resilience.

After shedding their wet gear, the team embarked on the next leg of their journey to Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak. The 5-hour drive through the night was fraught with challenges, including road closures, road works on the narrow winding road, and relentless rain. Undeterred, the team arrived in Cumbria in the early hours and immediately set off for the next ascent.

Scafell Pike, notorious for its tough, steep climb over 6 miles of hard terrain, tested the team’s mettle. The trek to the 978m summit was made even more challenging by biting wind and rain, with temperatures plunging to -5°C. Triumphantly, the team reached the summit, their exhaustion eclipsed by a sense of accomplishment. The descent was arduous but marked by a collective determination to keep moving forward.

The final leg of their journey led them to Snowdonia, another 5-hour drive. The team set off up the 8-mile Miners’ Track, determined to conquer Yr Wyddfa, Wales’ highest peak at 1,085m. As the sun set, they descended to a warm minibus, ready to head back to their hotel for well-deserved showers, drinks, and supper.

The evening was filled with laughter and stories, the team’s bond strengthened by shared experiences and selfless support of one another. The camaraderie fostered over those two days of intense challenge is something they will carry with them forever.

This remarkable feat was driven by more than just the thrill of the challenge; it was also a heartfelt effort to raise funds for 4Louis, a charity close to the hearts of the ESP teams. The charity supports individuals through the devastating experience of miscarriage, stillbirth, or the loss of a child. The team’s fundraising efforts, inspired by Bethan, a colleague from the Reading office who received support from 4Louis after the tragic loss of her unborn baby, have been met with incredible generosity, raising nearly £3,000, eclipsing the original target.

A heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone who has donated to this very worthy cause. Your support means the world to us.

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Our next charity event will be in July, the Pretty Muddy 5k Race for Life at Prospect Park, Reading, UK.

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