Perse Runners hit the heights with Three Peaks Challenge
9 May 2019
Seventeen Perse Runners successfully took on the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.
The test saw pupils take on a 25-mile circular route on foot, including the ascent and descent of the county’s three highest mountains – Pen-y-ghent (694m), Whernside Height (736m) and Ingleborough Height (723m). The total height gain of around 1,600 metres is the equivalent of climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower and back down again five times.
It is considered a major achievement for adult walkers to complete the Yorkshire Dales course in 12 hours. However, the Perse Runners decided to run at least parts of the route and all participants managed to finish in well under 10 hours.
George McLaren (Year 11) was the first Perse Runner to accomplish the feat, breaking his own school record with an impressive time of just 4hr 41min, having run almost the entire distance. He was closely followed by history teacher Redvers Wilbur, Rupert Gardiner (Lower Sixth) and Ed Gaskarth (Year 11) as they all completed the course in under five hours.
Perse Runners co-ordinator Chris Ingram’s Year 9 team, smashed the school Year 9 team record by finishing the course in under five-and-a-half hours. Rebecca West took 40 minutes off her own school girls’ record with her time of 5hr 30min.
Mr Ingram said: “The course is of similar length to the marathon, but being on broken ground instead of road, and continually up or downhill, it is arguably a more difficult challenge. We congratulate all pupils, in particular the six runners from Year 7 and four from Year 8 who showed that age is no barrier to ultra-running if you are determined enough.”