A Journey of a 1000 miles starts with a single step
3 Peaks, 2 Legs and a Bike
My fund raising plan for Headway - the brain injury association for 2007 is to do the 3 Peaks challenge but not in the 24 hours that most people do, but all under my own power. Run up and over Snowdon, cycle to The Lake District, run over Scafell, cycle to Scotland and run over Ben Nevis.
I have already been in communication with Sustrans about my plan and I intend to use their routes for the cycling as much as possible and where the surface is good for cycling on with a road bike.
My conceptual plan was adjusted after my first long (over 100 miles) bike ride to an initial plan.
The cycling distances are approximate but I think the total cycling distance is over 500 miles (800km), so from my point of view the running up and down the mountains is a small aspect of the overall effort. Which is why my training has focused mainly on cycling
I now have dates for my plan, which initially I was going to do in August, but the amount of traffic in the holiday period not to mention the midges in Scotland have forced a revision of the dates to the first week of June.
2 June Run over Snowdon via the Snowdon Ranger path to Pen-Y-Pass 12k
Cycle to Connah's Quay, Chester 122k
Cycle to Lancaster 170k
4 June Cycle to the Lake District (Wast Water) 105k
Run over Scafell and into Borrowdale 13k
5 June Cycle to Lanark, Glasgow 200k
6 June Cycle to Fort William 233k
7 June Run up and down Ben Nevis 13k
|2 June||Run over Snowdon via the Snowdon Ranger path to Pen-Y-Pass||12k|
|Cycle to Connah's Quay, Chester||122k|
|3 June||Cycle to Lancaster||170k|
|4 June||Cycle to the Lake District (Wast Water)||105k|
|Run over Scafell and into Borrowdale||13k|
|5 June||Cycle to Lanark, Glasgow||200k|
|6 June||Cycle to Fort William||233k|
|7 June||Run up and down Ben Nevis||13k|
I am in the process of confirming with Sustrans the suitability of my proposed route for cycling on a road bike. There may be some modifications based on their recommendations.
There may also be some minor adjustments to the end points for each day if other offers of accomodation made.
I will need to put in some long days on the bike on a weekend to get a feel for doing consecutive days of long distance, in that same way that I did in my training for my Pembrokeshire Coast Path run of 2006. The difference being that I have done quite a bit of distance running but I have not cycled more that 40 miles in one go, and I did that recently back from work.
I have also had offers from people to accompany me, most significantly from Chris Conroy who will do the whole 3 Peaks, 2 Legs and a Bike with me. There have been several other offers of joining me for a cycling or running stage from various people, and offers of supporting my support team, including staying a night with Paul Smith in Lancaster.