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PLA Centenary 3 Peak Challenge

This challenge was supported by the PLA in celebration of the Authority's Centenary. A team of eight, including six PLA staff, aimed to conquer the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales over a three-day period which saw them travel almost 1300 miles and scale a combined height of 3407 metres.

The Challenge, completed between 18th and 21st June 2009, started with an overnight drive of 550 miles from Gravesend to the foot of Ben Nevis near Fort William in Scotland. At first light the team set off to tackle the 1344 metre climb to the summit of Ben Nevis.

Just under seven hours later the team set off on the 200 mile journey to the second peak, Scafell Pike in the Lake District, arriving with a few hours to spare before dawn, when the ascent to the 978 metre summit started.

After conquering Scafell Pike in just over seven hours the team set off for Wales and the third and final peak, Snowdon. After a journey of 280 miles the team had time for some much needed rest and refreshment before setting off at first light to tackle the final ascent of 1085 metres.

At each summit a team photo was taken with the PLA’s Centenary flag.  All money raised through sponsorship of the team and individual members will be distributed to various charities including the Sea Cadets, Mission to Seafarers, Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre and the Ahoy Centre (water sports for under-privileged and disadvantaged children).

Three Peaks - The Pictures

 
Preparing for Ben Nevis

Preparing for Ben Nevis

The Challenge begins

The Challenge begins

Getting steeper

Getting steeper

One down, two to go!

One down, two to go!

Lake District camp

Lake District camp

Off to the next one

Off to the next one

The top of Scafell Pike

The top of Scafell Pike

Last one - Snowdon!

Last one - Snowdon!

Challenge completed!

Challenge completed!

Celebrations before the final descent

Celebrations before the final descent

The successful team

The successful team

Three Peaks - The Times

Ben Nevis (1344 metres) 19th June

Started walk 0515
Reached summit 0850
Ended walk 1205

Scafell Pike (978 metres) 20th June

Started walk 0645
Reached summit 0945
Ended walk 1405

Snowdon (1085 metres) 21st June

Started walk 1015
Reached summit 1210
Ended walk 1445

The Team
 
The Team (left to right)
Derek, Ian (Y), Paul, Steve, Luke, 
Ian (R), Mark and Lee
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Three Peaks - The Team

Steve Taylor, PLA Emergency & Security Planning Management and Challenge planner;
Lee Walker, PLA Civil Engineering Department, Challenge Logistics organiser;
Derek Maynard, PLA Civil Engineering Department
Mark Towens, PLA Marine Safety and Contingency Management;
Ian Yarnton, PLA Marine Safety and Contingency Management;
Paul Arnold,  PLA Marine Safety and Contingency Management
Ian Elder ACE Asbestos
Luke Reardon, Apollo Lifts