Students take on National Challenge

September 28th, 2017 | School News

Twelve students from Mendip and Writhlington Sixth Form are attempting to undertake the gruelling 24-hour National Challenge ’Three Peaks’ in the hopes to raise vital funds for  Mountain Rescue England and Wales.

The challenge is to climb the three highest points in England, Wales and Scotland in just 24 hours, which should also include the time to travel between the three mountains. Students and staff will be covering over 42 kilometers and 11,178ft of ascent.

The challenge starts with Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales before traveling to the Lake District, where they will climb scafell pike, the tallest mountain in England and finally, they will drive to Scotland, where they will climb the tallest mountain in the United Kingdom; Ben Nevis.

Year 13 students, Joe Owen-Pinkney, said

‘The three peaks challenge is a huge undertaking and we’re really excited to get going. We chose the mountain rescue as our charity because they do fantastic work keeping mountaineers safe. As a group, we have spent a lot of time on the mountains through school and the CCF and although we have not needed to call them out, it is very reassuring to know we know that we’re in safe hands.’

Mountain rescue relies on the generous donations of the public and the volunteer hours form its servicemen. A Just giving page has been set up in hopes of raising these vital funds that will support the service through 2018.  

Head of Sixth Form, Mark Bridges, commented:

‘I am incredibly proud of the students taking part. Our Sixth Form have some of the most exceptional and selfless young people I have had the pleasure of teaching and I can’t wait to help them achieve this challenge. ’

If you would like to donate please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/writhlington3peaks