Honiton students successfully complete three peaks challenge

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:11 10 July 2017

The team successfully climbed the three mountains in less than 24 hours. Bottom photos: The team at the top of Snowdon (left), Scafell Pike (centre) and Ben Nevis (right).

The team successfully climbed the three mountains in less than 24 hours. Bottom photos: The team at the top of Snowdon (left), Scafell Pike (centre) and Ben Nevis (right).

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The team managed to summit Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in less than 24 hours.

A small group of intrepid Honiton students successfully conquered the highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales - in less than 24 hours.

The ambitious task - called the three peaks challenge - was carried out by Carys Lilley, Cerys Little, Weasel Hooper, Rachel Larcombe, Ben Prangley and Sam Prangley last week.

The team travelled to Scotland June 29 and started the clock at 5pm the next day with their ascent of Ben Nevis.

After completing the climb in four hours and 48 minutes, the motivated youngsters raced to the next peak - Scafell Pike.

The ascent began in the dark but the group summitted just after 6am and returned to the bus to be fed, watered and to catch up with sleep as the crew then drove to Wales.

A slight traffic hold up meant an impressive time had to be achieved to keep to their initial challenge of the 24hrs.

Every ounce of effort, determination and resilience was given to complete the last peak in rain and fog, and they finished the task with just 28 minutes to spare.

Selena Burroughs, head of sixth form at Honiton Community College, said: “We knew that this challenge was going to be close to complete in the 24hrs but all of the team, climbers, drivers and support crew were all absolutely determined to give it our best chance possible to be successful in this famous challenge.

“The students were an absolute credit to the sixth form and to themselves with their commitment that they showed prior to the event with their weekly training and on the actual event being incredible.

“The whole crew continued to motivate each other throughout and I was very proud to be part of the team and share this experience with them and be part of this lifelong memory.

“Their times have now been recorded on the National Three Peaks Database so they have a permanent record of their achievement.

“I think this is a fitting end to their seven year partnership with the College and a shining example of the drive, as well as the willpower to succeed, our students acquire.”

The college’s principal Glenn Smith, who completed the arduous task with the team, added: “Every student, whatever their background, or their school type, should be able to take on this type of challenge – it gives our young ladies and gentlemen the opportunity to develop life-long skills that they must have to succeed in society.

“The students who took on the Three Peaks literally rose to the challenge (three times in fact) and when they needed to dig deeper than they have ever done before, they did – proving that hard work and determination can actually take you all the way to the top!”

He also acknowledged the contribution the staff made, adding: “Wonderful opportunities such as these would not be possible without the generous helping of discretionary effort our staff and parents give every year.

“We also would like to thank our very generous sponsors of the event and individual people who have donated to the Dartmoor Rescue Charity and our local sponsors - Honiton Freemasons, Stamps Coaches, Alan Rowe Barbering, Honiton Town Council, Windmill Garage, Combe Estate and Duralife Windows.

“They all made this event possible and for the event to continue.”

The students’ official times:

Ben Nevis (14.60km) - 4hr 48min

Scafell Pike (15.97km) - 5hr 23min

Snowdon (12.63km) - 3hr 34min

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