What was the 100 Peak Challenge?
On the 23rd May 2017 a Challenge Team embarked on a life defining journey. The Goal was simple, the Task, Monumental, the Reason, Inspirational...
The Challenge took place, starting at Inverness in Scotland, on the 23.05.17, (the day Lloydy deployed on his last tour) and finishes on Pen Y Fan on 16.06.17 (the day he was killed).
The Challenge was to hike 100 Peaks in the UK, all above 610m (2000ft) - approx. 45 in Scotland, 25 in England (The Lake District), 1 on the Isle of Man and 29 in Wales (Snowdonia & The Brecon Beacons). The Challenge began in Scotland, before heading across to the Isle of Man, crossing the Irish Sea in sea kayaks. We will cross the Irish Sea for a second time back to the Isle of Whithorn to then cycle on to the Lakes. The final leg in Wales will begin in Snowdonia and culminate with cycling from Capel Curig to the Brecon Beacons finishing with the 'Fan Dance' at the Summit of Pen Y Fan.
The Challenge is a genuine attempt at something quite epic. It encompasses three disciplines that are demanding enough on their own, but are then thrown together in an extreme triathlon. This, with the logistics of attempting to summit 100 Peaks in 4 countries in 25 days, means it's a first.
It's quite possibly the most demanding endurance Challenge ever staged in the UK (given the logistics and the timescale).
In the 25 days the team will run and cycle (and attempt 2 crossings of the Irish Sea) close to 1500 miles, with an average elevation gain of 10,000ft a day, therefore equivalent to 9 ascents of Mount Everest during the course of the Challenge.
Why the 100 Peaks Challenge?
"I founded the 100 Peak Challenge in memory of my younger brother Lloyd (Lloydy), and I've used the event as a means of trying to deal with losing him in a positive way."
"Lloydy was a member of the British Army Special Forces unit, 22 regiment SAS, and like 455 members of his compatriots, he gave the ultimate sacrifice for queen and country, killed during his third tour of military service in Afghanistan, 16th June 2011."
"My brother never wanted me to mourn him, "celebrate my life" he said, so this challenge is a tribute to Lloydy and all those brave men and women who stood before him."
"Join me and my friends in the 100 Peak Challenge and if you can't join me, your donations will help those who need it most."
What is the Challenge goal?
To raise £1000.00 per peak - is our simple goal in support of two great military charities.
The 100 Peak Challenge will finish at the summit of Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons, in Wales on the 16th June 2017, the anniversary that Lloydy was killed in action in Afghanistan.
Karl’s wife has since given birth to their son Charlie and before he gets much older, Karl would like to bring their fundraising efforts to an 'epic' conclusion, a celebration of lives old and new.
Help Karl achieve his goal and help those that need it most... thank you!