The Acre Foundation

A gruelling challenge awaits

Posted on 15 July 2014 by Jamie - Exped Adventures

A gruelling challenge awaits

The Acre team have genuinely taken on a monster of a challenge, and they have no idea what they are in for as yet! The main challenge is on Day 1, comprising of 14 hours of walking in total, covering 13 peaks over nearly 18 miles. The terrain is rocky and across well-defined ridges, summiting peaks such as Scafell Pike, Great End and Bow Fell. For those surviving Day 1, the second day involves 11 peaks over 14 miles, including Helvellyn, Lower Man and Nethermost Pyke. In my opinion, this is one of our most demanding challenges in the UK, with a total ascent of 4263 metres in a relatively short walking time. To complete the first day is remarkable in itself, and for those feeling brave enough to tackle the second should be prepared for what they are taking on. That aside, it’s a challenge set in a stunning location, which will be very rewarding in itself, although the Acre team will be walking parts of the course in the dark (how much walking in the dark will depend on their fitness levels!)

Their ‘practice run’ is to complete the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in July – again one of the toughest outdoor challenges in the UK, looking to test the endurance of the team (as well as their camaraderie!). This is a task that many people set themselves as their main goal to work towards, so for this to be the ‘practice run’ proves the extent of their commitment and determination to succeed.

The Acre team have certainly set themselves a significant task, which is not something many people can say they can complete. It will involve a huge amount of dedication and commitment in terms of training, as well as will power, determination and banter to complete. It is for the worthy cause of Great Ormond Street Hospital though, so hopefully something this tough and daunting for the team will help to make a difference to some very worthy children.