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Sir Ranulph Fiennes Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Explorer and British Army veteran, Sir Ranulph Fiennes added: “The 100 Peaks Challenge will be an exceptional endurance event testing both the physical and mental fitness and resilience of those taking part. The Challenge is to 'TAB' (Tactical Advance to Battle) 100 peaks in the UK, all above 610m (2000ft) - approx. 45 in Scotland, 44 in England, 1 on the Isle of Man and 10 in Wales. The Challenge will begin in Scotland on 23rd May 2017, finishing at the Summit of Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons on the 16th June 2017 - a total duration of 25 days. The Challenge will also encompass cycling between peak regions and a crossing of the Irish Sea in Kayaks. It is a genuine attempt at something quite epic, almost extreme in its ambition. It encompasses three disciplines that are demanding enough on their own, but are then thrown together in an extreme triathlon. This, with the logistics of attempting to summit 100 peaks in 4 countries in 25 days, means it's a first. It's quite possibly the most demanding endurance Challenge ever staged in the UK. This extraordinary Challenge supports two worthwhile charities, ‘ABF The soldiers Charity’ and ‘Support our PARAS’ who support serving and ex-soldiers, and their families in times of need. The 100 Peaks Challenge aims to raise £100,000 in support of these charities. When I first heard about this challenge, I was keen to support it. Please join me in supporting this outstanding Charity Challenge and those participating in it”.

Captain Heather Stanning

Olympic Gold Medallist and member of the British Army, Captain Heather Stanning MBE, is supporting the team for the challenge. Heather said: “You can’t underestimate how tough climbing 100 of the highest peaks throughout the British Isles will be. I wish those taking part the very best of luck, especially Barrie for the record attempt; they are putting themselves through the mill for two really worthy causes.”

The image of Heather (above right) remains crown copyright. Photo credit - Corporal Steve Blake RLC (Phot) Email: steveblake@mediaops.army.mod.uk richardwatt@mediaops.army.mod.uk shanewilkinson@mediaops.army.mod.uk Steve Blake - 07901 590150 Richard Watt - 07836 515306 Shane Wilkinson - 07901 590723.