Four-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington and three teammates successfully completed their bid to scale the three highest peaks in the U.K: Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis and cycling between the points. The rode 420 miles and ran 29 mountainous miles. Wellington called the charity challenge the “toughest thing I’ve ever done.”
Wellington tweeted: “WE DID IT! Climbed the 3 highest peaks in UK and cycled 420miles between them! 47hr47mins. 1hr sleep!”
Dubbed by the crew as the 4321 Challenge – 4 people, 3 peaks, 2 wheels and 1 challenge – started at the foot of Snowdon at 9:00 am on Friday and finished at the foot of Ben Nevis at 8:47 am today, in 47 hours and 47 minutes.
Wellington was joined by Bristol UK-based athletes Alex Prince, Marcus Mumford and Matt Edwards. The epic undertaking was a self-organized event to raise money for jole rider, an organization that runs cycling development projects for children in Gambia, and the Rainbow Trust, a London-based charity that offers support to families with terminally ill children.
In her race recap with 220 Triathlon, Wellington explained, “I wanted to take myself out of my comfort zone, step into the unknown and push myself to the limit, raise money for charity and do all of that as part of a team. This amazing challenge was absolutely epic in every sense of the word!”
For more details, or to donate to the Challenge, see the website www.4321challenge.org