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Monday 23 April 2012

Leeds students complete 3 Peaks Challenge
Leeds students complete 3 Peaks Challenge
Photo: Participants from Leeds RAG taking part in the National 3 Peaks Challenge

A team from the Leeds University Raise and Give Society (RAG) have completed the National 3 Peaks Challenge in aid of ShelterBox. This is the first of two teams from the society attempting the challenge in order to raise vital funds for ShelterBox. So far, they have reached a total of over £11,000.
32 participants along with 12 drivers took part in the challenge that involves climbing Britain’s three highest peaks, Ben Nevis in Western Scotland (4,409 ft), Scafell Pike in the Lake District (3,209 ft) and Snowdon in North Wales (3,560 ft), all within 24 hours. This means a total hike of 11,178 ft and driving 415 miles between the mountains. They braved many different weather conditions. There was a mixture of sun and snow on Snowdon, wind and fog on Scafell Pike and then hail and rain on Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.
Catherine Edghill, member of the Leeds University RAG, said: ‘Our April challenge was fantastic! Everyone gave it their best shot and the perseverance and morale of some of the participants was incredible. The drivers did an amazing job.  We managed to complete the drive in record time and get back to the hostel for a well deserved hot dinner and shower.’
A second team from Leeds RAG are now preparing to take on the National 3 Peaks Challenge between 5-7 May. Catherine said: ‘Various meetings and debriefs have been occurring since we returned from the April trip in a bid to work on any mistakes and make as many improvements as possible. Participants signed up for the May challenge have already raised a phenomenal amount of money and we are looking forward to seeing the overall total from both trips.’
To sponsor one of the Leeds University RAG students attempting the National 3 Peaks Challenge click here.
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