“What’s #3PYR?” we hear you ask, well, it’s only one of the toughest long distance races in the world!
At Go Ape, we live and breathe living life adventurously, so when the opportunity came up to compete we couldn’t say no. ‘#3PYR’ stands for the Three Peaks Yacht Race and is classed as one of the oldest and most remarkable multi-sport endurance races, making it the perfect challenge for Go Ape in 2016.
Established in 1977, the 3PYR is an annual race where competitors take on 389 miles of sailing, seventy-two miles of running and eighteen miles of cycling – what’s more, there are no engines involved. Relying on the elements and pure will and determination, teams must make their way up the west coast of the UK from Barmouth to Fort William.
So which of our bold and fearless Go Ape Tribe is crazy enough to sign up for the challenge?
None other than the courageous Jerome Mayhew (Managing Director), Tris Mayhew (Chief Gorilla), Paul Love-Williams (Head of Construction), Mick Rimmer (Site Manager at Crathes) and Ed Smith (Construction Manager). Together, the team of five will spearhead different elements of the race in a bid to conquer the three peaks from land and sea.
Three of the team will have a hand in manning the helm taking on 62 sea miles from Barmouth to Caernarfon, 100 sea miles from Caernarfon to Whitehaven and a further staggering 227 sea miles from Whitehaven to Fort William. In between two team members will climb the highest mountains in the UK by conquering Mt. Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Ben Nevis in Scotland – that’s the equivalent of running three marathons in as many days!
Check out the video below from the Three Peaks Yacht Race YouTube channel to get a glimpse at the gruelling challenge that lies ahead.
Fuelling the determination of the team will be knowing that their efforts are helping support the Outward Bound Trust charity. For every £200 raised another young person from a disadvantaged background will be able to experience the challenge of an Outward Bound course with potentially life changing results. To find out more about the amazing work that the Trust does at www.outwardbound.org.uk or if you can please dig deep and support our endurance racers by donating via Virgin Money Giving.
Next week, Meet the Team! We’ll give you the low-down on our 3PYR team, including their role within the race and what drives them to live life adventurously.