3 (Virtual) Peaks Challenge

Updated: Jun 2, 2020

We recognise that during this lockdown period, the thing you have missed most is CCF. Here is your opportunity to get involved once again, get fitter, and, most importantly, do a good thing for a charity: the SSAFA. Some words on this from Wing Commander Hobbs can be found on the next post, but to summarise, the SSAFA provides lifelong support to serving men, women and veterans from the British Armed Forces. This challenge goes out to all cadets and OSCA members looking to do some good for the military.


There is a challenge in the Dales known as the Yorkshire Three Peaks. The challenge was created in 1887 by J R Wynne-Edwards and D R Smith when in just under ten hours they returned to the pretty Dales village in Horton – in – Ribblesdale having summitted the peaks of Pen Y Ghent (694m); Ingleborough (723m) and Whernside (736m) in a single walk. This sparked huge interest and the trail now sees over 250,000 visitors explore the Three Peaks each year. The route is some 39.2km and involves 1585m of ascent with the target time for completion being under twelve hours.

Together in sections, you will have four weeks to traverse the distance of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks. That means each cadet must run or walk and average of 39.2km (a ten-cadet section would, then, have to together travel 392km). The winning section will be that which reaches this distance with an elevation closest to 1585m (once again as an average per cadet) and each winning cadet will be rewarded with a limited edition, never-before seen, SGS CCF polo shirt. Teamwork and strategy will be of the upmost importance, as well as bold sacrifices from the section members willing to run those extra kilometres to ease the pressure off their peers. Your mission will consist of 3 phases.


May 23 - June 12

In this phase, you will have 2 weeks to donate a minimum of 5 pounds to the SSAFA via the just giving link provided. This will constitute your application, but MAKE SURE to leave your full name, and, in the “leave a message” section, put the year group you are currently in. Don’t tick the box to keep ur donation anonymous unless you simply want to donate without participating.