Students’ Three Peaks Challenge

Sussex Downs Three Peak Challenge SUS-161105-105534001
Sussex Downs Three Peak Challenge SUS-161105-105534001

Students from Sussex Downs College have completed the Three Peaks Challenge in under 24 hours, raising more than £1,600 for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

The 15 strong group of Level Three BTEC Sport Diploma students took on the challenge of climbing the three highest peaks in the UK, starting with Ben Nevis in Scotland, then onto Scafell Pike in England and finishing at Mount Snowdon in Wales.

They completed the challenge in 23 hours and 29 minutes, getting only a few hours’ sleep on a coach in between each climb.

The students, aged 17 and 18, chose to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer after fellow student Ollie Batchelor sadly lost his mother, Tara Batchelor, to the disease earlier this year.

Ollie said, “I have been overwhelmed by how much support my peers have given me and my family over the last couple of months. For my friends to complete the three peaks challenge for Pancreatic Cancer UK raising the amount of money and awareness they have means so much to me.”

Sport Academy and BTEC Sport co-ordinator, Chris Turner, said, “Seeing the students complete this event has been my proudest moment in seven years of teaching at Sussex Downs College. Watching them rally together during the challenge and supporting Ollie and his family has been truly inspirational. Every student involved should be extremely proud of what they have achieved.”

Student Charlotte Markham said, “Although this has been the most challenging experience of my life, it has been the most incredible one at the same time.

“It has been great to plan, deliver and evaluate this event as part of my sport studies at Sussex Downs College.”

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