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Elmfield's Three Peaks Challenge

Boys from Elmfield

A group of 17 and 18 year old boys from Elmfield house in Harrow School scaled the three highest peaks in the UK and raised almost £6,500 to help us support people living with MS.

In June this year all 17 members of Elmfield Upper 6th (plus Mr and Mrs Tremlett) scaled the three highest peaks in the UK - Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mt. Snowdon - all in under 24 hours.

What an epic challenge it was! The seventeen leavers achieved some remarkable success in the Three Peaks Challenge and displayed much of what is best about the house. They look very much happier in the photo than they had in the previous twenty four hours.

The team managed such rapid ascents and descents of the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales that they successfully finished in under 24 hours… by just 3 minutes. More astounding were the times that they recorded on the individual mountains: 4.5 hours on Ben Nevis, 3.5 hours on Scafell and under 2.5 hours on Snowdon.

It really did come down to the wire with the last mountain, Snowdon, however, and it seemed as though some unhelpful transport problems might thwart us. Arriving at the foot of Snowdon with the clock nearing 21 and a half hours, it looked unlikely that we would finish within our desired time of 24 hours.

But as the stakes were raised, so the boys responded with greater effort, drive and determination. The last four and a half kilometres became a cross-country run and this final effort, made possible by countless Long Ducker training sessions and their heroic cross-country efforts over the last five years, meant that they could charge home with just minutes to spare.