The Fire Service Three Peaks Challenge
A mountain endurance challenge in which participants attempt to climb the highest peaks of each of Great Britain's three countries. There is no formal governing body of the National Three Peaks Challenge. Each year many independent teams take on the challenge.
There are also a large number of organised attempts made at the challenge with the aim of fundraising for charity. The Firefighters Charity organises one of the largest of these events, carried out over two consecutive weekends in June. Firefighters from Swindon and Wiltshire form a large part of the support team, both on the hill and at the start and finish points. They provide not only verification of times, but more importantly, safety and support to the participants.
After completing the second climb, each team must then drive to Wales and climb Snowdon where the three peaks challenge finishes. The aim is to complete the three climbs and all driving within 24 hours. Once completed, each team will have walked over 20 miles, ascended more than 10,000 feet and driven over 500 miles.
There are many awards for completing the challenge including the fastest team, fastest mixed team, first youth team and of course, the wooden spoon! Everyone receives a certificate for entering and a colored ribbon depending on how good your finishing time is:
- Bronze for sub 24 hour
- Silver for sub 22 hour
- Gold for sub 20 hour
- Platinum for sub 17.5 hour
This challenge is not for the faint hearted!
Fire Service Three Peaks Challenge
Salisbury Fire Station
Ashley Road Salisbury