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Reaching The Peaks

CBA staff took on the famous Three Peaks challenge at the weekend to raise cash for Cancer Research. Read organiser Tony Segalini's account of the experience.

"This turned out to be a challenge and a half. The team left CBA at 12.30pm on Friday May 13th and reached the campsite at Glen Nevis near Fort William at 10pm after a mammoth drive by our very own 'Stig' Caroline Border superbly guided by Sarah Ashby on map duties.

We were ready for action at 5am on Saturday and after a hasty breakfast the team were off up Ben Nevis at 6.15am. This turned out to be a long and eventful climb, covering steep gradient, snow and high winds. The summit was reached after nearly four hours of hard grind.

But there was no time for congratulations as we were driven down to Cumbria for our next Peak. The traffic was very slow and we dropped behind time reaching Seathwaite south of Keswick at 7pm, getting late!

The team set off optimistically on a hard and rocky ascent up Scafell Pike. Unfortunately time beat us, as did the dark and with only 100meters to go I took the decision to abandon the summit attempt as the track was dangerous and we lost the light. Nevertheless it was a brave attempt by all, descending in pitch darkness. We were not deterred.

At midnight the bus set off again this time for North Wales. As ever Sarah had piles of sandwiches ready for us and Caroline put her foot down. The team tried to snatch some sleep in the bus with aching limbs and sore feet. We arrived in Llanberis, Snowdonia at 2.15am.

Snowdon was our last peak and at over 1100m a high one. Setting out at 4.35am the team was footsore but determined. At this stage we split in to two groups with myself and Phil Woolley bursting out ahead to reach the top at 6.20am, stopping the clock at just over the 24 hours. John Atkinson, Amy Harris and Nigel Harris and Alex Franklin arrived quite soon after to complete the picture. It was cold and windy on top as we started our descent and then the heavens opened and we got soaked to the skin. Never mind the task was done and apart from the last bit of Scafell all accomplished so I would say it was the 2.9 peak challenge.

Well done to everyone as the teamwork and camaraderie were second to none. This was a full on experience that I shall always remember.

Now what will we do next year?



25 miles walked

3100meters climbed

1200 miles driven