I am not normally one to hammer things home but in less than 10 days’ time Charles Hill and I are going to attempt to complete the legendary 3 Peaks Yacht Race double handed (Yes – that means with a team of only the two of us) for the first time ever in the Race’s 40 year history.
This race attempt has been dominating my physical and mental energy since my first determined training run to see if I might get fit enough to take on the mountains in July last year.
Now with the clock finally counting down it is nearly time to face up to the challenge ahead and it is BIG!
Here is a brief outline of what is normally achieved by a crew of 5 and what we must deliver as a pair come the 17th June.
Barmouth to Caernarfon – Sailing
62 Miles of sailing – big tidal gates and a shifting sand bar to cross at the entrance to Caernarfon.
Snowdon – Running
24 Miles – on the road to the South side of Snowdon, up the Ranger Path, then down the North side to LLanberis and back again on the road
Caernafon to Whitehaven – Sailing and Rowing
About 100 miles of sailing including a transit of the Menai Straits with some of the UKs strongest tidal currents. If there is no wind on this tree lined passage then rowing through may be the only option. Once out the other side we will have the first opportunity for each of us to sleep while the other races the yacht.
Scafell – Cycling and Running
The round trip to the summit of Scafell is around 40 miles and this is the longest and most challenging of the land legs. We will cycle to Ennerdale from Whitehaven, then transition to running and must go over the 400m high Black Sail Pass before summiting Scafell and returning to the bikes once again over the Black Sail Pass.
This leg took us just under 9 hours in our recce but in the race we will have run a marathon the day before and only slept for around 5 hours in recovery.
Whitehaven to Fort William – Sailing Rowing, Sailing Rowing, Sailing Rowing
227 miles of tidal gates, wind holes, and challenging navigation. We expect to row some of this leg, and in 2013 had to row the full final 2 miles up the canal to the finish; but we must use the time to sleep and recover as much as possible after our Scafell ordeal.
Ben Nevis – Just a bit of running
The mighty Ben! We set off at sea level by the entrance to the Caledonian canal and must make the climb of 1344m and back down again to finish the race. By this point I know we will be physically and mentally exhausted but the finish will be in our sights.
There has been a big work up to this event and over the next couple of days I will be introducing you to our shore team and blogging about some of the training challenges, physical and mental I have faced in the last year.
I don’t often fund raise alongside my racing but for this special attempt Charles and I have decided to support the Fairlight School Big Playground Adventure which hopes to provide a safe outdoor space for underprivileged young children to grow their own dreams. If you are inspired please visit our Just Giving page or if you wish to speak about making a larger donation then contact me directly.