Three Peaks

  • Photo of Liz Hughes – Three Peaks Extreme Blog

    Liz Hughes – Three Peaks Extreme Blog

    Three Peaks Extreme – from my angle by Liz Hughes Having spent a few months wavering between despair, excitement and how the hell did I get talked into this – the recurring question I keep getting asked now is; – ‘So – what was it like?’  I found myself giving similar answers to all – ‘It was great.  Teamwork was humbling.  Views and weather was excellent, except Snowdon.  Yes, I would do it again.  It was the most fun I have had for ages with my clothes on and other such platitudes.  Having had time to reflect on the team…

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    Three Peaks Extreme Challenge Route Statistics

      Day One – Ben Nevis to Ballachulish (18 miles) Total Ascent: 790 ft Total Descent: 834 ft Start Elevation: 56 ft End Elevation: 12 ft Min Elevation: 8 ft Max Elevation: 142 ft   Day Two –Ballachulish to Cumnock (122 miles) Total Ascent: 5919 ft Total Descent: 5517 ft Start Elevation: 18 ft End Elevation: 419 ft Min Elevation: 0 ft Max Elevation: 1140 ft Running Totals: Ascent 6709 ft Descent 6351 ft   Day Three – Cumnock to Seathwaite (114 Miles) Total Ascent: 4821 ft Total Descent: 4803 ft Start Elevation: 415 ft End Elevation: 434 ft Min…

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  • Photo of Meet the Three Peaks Extreme team on Wednesday 4 September at SALTEX

    Meet the Three Peaks Extreme team on Wednesday 4 September at SALTEX

    What: Members of the Three Peaks Extreme team preparing to tackle the three highest peaks in the UK (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden), with a 450 mile cycle between them, to raise £20,000 for horticulture trade charity, Perennial, will be available to pose for photographs and talk to media about the reasons behind the challenge on the Perennial stand at SALTEX 2013. When: Wednesday 4 September, 10am Where: Stand H83, SALTEX 2013, Royal Windsor Racecourse Who: Brian Herbert, MD of Outdoor Options, Richard Gardiner, Partner at Norris & Gardiner, Simon Cox of Gavin Jones and Paul Downer of Oakview…

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  • Photo of Three Peaks Extreme aims to raise £20,000 for Perennial

    Three Peaks Extreme aims to raise £20,000 for Perennial

    Landscapers and nurserymen from across UK join forces for Perennial in feat of strength and endurance – the Three Peaks Extreme Challenge Tweetable:  UK landscapers climb highest peaks and cycle 450 miles for @PerennialGRBS in @peaksextreme. #HortAid www.justgiving.com/3PeaksExtreme or text NUTS67 to 70070 A team of 19 landscapers and nurserymen are each clocking up at least 12 hours training a week for what they say will be the challenge of their lifetimes to raise money for Perennial. The team, led by Brian Herbert, Managing Director of Outdoor Options, and Richard Gardiner of Norris & Gardiner will climb the three highest UK…

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  • Three Peaks Extreme Challenge – time to donate!

    With only one month to go until Three Peaks Extreme, we find out how the challengers are shaping up. The team now need your donations – see below for how to pledge your support Brian Herbert – Outdoor Options: Training –100 miles cycle per week plus two gym sessions and completed the London to Paris off road as a training ride. February and March were painful, I never knew you could get that cold on a bike. April and May brought better conditions but work became more demanding. Points of focus are: diet, bike food, cadence, heart rates, physio visits…

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  • Three Peaks Extreme challenge – It’s getting closer!

    As the challenge draws nearer, we thought we’d find out how the training is coming along.  Also, Perennial has given us an insight into how it has helped in a real life situation. Read on to find out about the dedication of those taking part and how your donation could help…. Myself and Matt O’Conner completed our first 100 miler in June. We rode out with the Herts wheelers cycling club. The first 50 miles was quite gruelling as the route (Ware through to Dunstable downs) had some challenging hills and the pace was quite fast, an average of 18-25mph.…

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  • Three Peaks extreme challenge – About Perennial

    Spare a thought for all those brave industry colleagues who have signed up to compete in the Three Peaks Extreme Challenge at the beginning of September.  They are now into their fourth month of training and managing 2 x 25 mile flat cycle rides and 1 x 50 mile ride including gentle hills per week. It is vital that anyone taking part in this challenge is as fit as possible, as there will be stages when their strength and mindset will be tested.  Upper body resistance and core training at this stage consists of bench presses, upright row, shoulder presses,…

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  • Three Peaks Extreme Challenge – Meet the team

    Pro Landscaper takes a closer look at the members of the Three Peaks 2013 Extreme Team, asking what motivated each of them to take part in the challenge Richard Gardiner – Managing Director, Norris & Gardiner Ltd “The Challenge is both a focus for my fitness, and a great opportunity to spend time with industry colleagues – together we can be greater than the sum of our parts and achieve something for a great cause.” Matt O’Conner – Managing Director, John O’Connor Grounds Maintenance “As well as sponsorship our job is to bring as much publicity and interest to Perennial…

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  • The Schedule

    The planned schedule is: Day 1 – Ben Nevis plus 20 mile cycle to Glencoe Day 2 – 115 miles cycle ride Day 3 – 120 miles cycle ride Day 4 – Scafell Pike plus 25 miles cycle to Ambleside Day 5 – 120 miles cycle ride Day 6 – 45 miles cycle plus Snowdon

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  • The Three Peaks 2013 Extreme Team

    The Three Peaks 2013 Extreme Team are: Richard Gardiner (Norris and Gardiner) Mark Gregory (Landform Consultants) Paul Downer (Oak View Landscapes) Brian Herbert (Outdoor Options) Dan Riddleston (Bowles and Wyer) John Wyer (Bowles and Wyer) Robert Crowder and Cora Crowder (Crowders) Matt O’Conner (John O’Conner) Jim Brasier (Jim Brasier Landscapes) Simon Cox (Gavin Jones) Darren Skidmore (Skidmores) Ed Belderbos (Belderbos Landscapes) Support crew (mountain climbs and transportation of kit between peaks): Liz Hughes (Provender Nurseries) Lorraine Hartley (Provender Nurseries)

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