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Staff and pupil team complete gruelling Three Peaks Challenge

Staff and pupil team complete gruelling Three Peaks Challenge

A group of intrepid staff and pupils came together to complete a gruelling challenge last weekend.

The Rydal Penrhos team successfully National Three Peaks Challenge, where participants attempt to climb the highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours.

Sixth Formers Joe Morrow, Jamie Smith, Alastair Irvine, Louise Weis and Joshua Meyerratken, together with Year 11 pupil Edward Patrick, began their mission with a climb up Ben Nevis in Scotland, which stands at 4,413 feet and is the highest mountain in the United Kingdom.

Staff members Tim Cashell and wife Andrea, Dr Jim Lewis, Dave Robson, Jamie McLeod, Richard Smith, Gareth Robinson and Katie Oliver rounded off the contingent that quickly moved on to England’s highest peak Scafell Pike, which they began climbing at 5am on Sunday morning.

After successfully navigating the 3,209ft mountain, the group then returned to home soil for the final leg of the challenge up mount Snowdon, where they were also joined by Rydal Penrhos’ Headmaster Simon Smith.

The total distance walked during the Three Peaks Challenge is estimated at 27 miles, with an ascension of 9,800 feet, and the group managed to complete the challenge in 27 hours.

Mr Cashell, said: “This was a truly astonishing effort from everyone involved, and to see such determination and teamwork shown from staff and pupils was very pleasing indeed.

“This was an extreme physical and mental test, but our fantastic team at Rydal Penrhos demonstrated a tremendous attitude and application to scale the three largest mountains in the United Kingdom, which left everyone coming away with an enormous amount of pride and achievement.”

A full gallery of images from the challenge can be found here

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