“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!
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.
Go Ape has chosen the Outward Bound Trust as our Charity Partner for 2015. We’ve pledged £40,000 and have given access to our Tree Top Adventure to some of the schools that The Outward Bound Trust works closely with, but now we’re doing something extra!
What are Go Ape doing?
It’s that time of the year when we escape the office, challenge ourselves and do something amazing for those not quite as lucky as us. On Friday 2nd October we take to the footpaths for a 19 mile walk from our base at Banana HQ to the beautiful town of Clare – with very little training!
How do you organise a charity day?
A lot goes into the organisation of the day. Firstly, getting everyone the information they require – the usual, where to meet and at what time. Then there’s the supplies – don’t forget to get enough water, treats and snacks. Enough to keep the tribe going!
Where do you get support from?
While it’s a great day and everyone likes to head out in the fresh air, there’s an important reason behind it.
So how do you spread the word? It’s great to ask everyone to send the fundraising link round on Facebook, Twitter – and any other social media you can lay your hands on!
We find an email or two to our suppliers works well – but they probably require a reminder!
This year we are proud to be supporting The Outward Bound Trust, an educational charity that uses the outdoors to help develop young people from all walks of life.
The Outward Bound Trust takes 9-24-year-olds out into the mountains, lakes and wild places of Great Britain to give them a chance to learn through adventure.
With five residential centres across the UK from Scotland to Wales, each Outward Bound course is unique. They aim to change how young people think and feel about themselves and their lives, by building their personal, social and emotional skills at critical times in their education and transition into employment.
This is done through running adventurous and challenging outdoor learning programmes that equip young people with valuable skills for education, work and life. Helping them become more confident, more effective and more capable at school, college and in the workplace.
Please add to our fund raising this year and help young people from all walks of life develop through outdoor activities.