Three Peaks Challenge Database

Matt Birkin

About the group

Our team ‘Peaked Too Soon’ will be attempting the National 3 Peaks Challenge on Saturday 7th July 2018. The objective of this challenge is to climb to the submits of the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales. Those being Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon, within 24 hours.

6 walkers are now all that’s left from an original group of over 15 that was initially set up in 2015. During training, a serious road traffic collision meant that 3 of our party were no longer able to train for the event, and so the challenge got postponed. Life moved on and it became impossible to organise a date to suit everyone for a second attempt. Now 5 of the original party, and a friend talked into it after too many beers are taking on the challenge.

The total walking distance is 23 miles (37km) and the total ascent is 3064 metres (10,052ft). The total driving distance is 462 miles, which will be completed by Russ Wilks who has generously offered to come along for the ride as chauffeur.

Our fundraising page.

Fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support

Aside from being a massive personal achievement for all of us involved, we shall be completing this challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Cancer is something that will effect everyone in some way at some point in their lives, either as someone diagnosed with cancer or in supporting a friend or relative.

On a personal note, I lost my grandmother over Christmas 2017 to terminal cancer which took her within 6 months of being diagnosed. I witnessed the excellent support and service that Douglas Macmillan provide to both the person and their family. My mother Dawn Birkin aged 57, is currently battling with liver and colon cancer, that has only been diagnosed in the last month. So I know the support that Macmillan provide is invaluable.

Other members of our party have also been personally effected by cancer, in particular Adam who has lost his father and Paul, who’s brother-in-law is currently fighting a cancer diagnosis.

I never thought that cancer would affect me, and that it was something that happened to other people. But when it comes it hits us hard and Macmillan will be there for you. So let’s be there for them, and spare what you can to support this extremely valuable cause.

Homepage of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Challenge registration number: 216290

This challenge took place on Saturday, 7 July, 2018.

Time completed: 22 hours 53 minutes.

Matt Birkin | National Three Peaks Challenge

About the ​ National Three Peaks Challenge

The National Three Peaks Challenge takes in the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales, often in 24 hours.


  • Matt Birkin
  • Adam Blundred
  • Jim Eaton
  • Daniel Millington
  • Paul Nelmes
  • Jamie Poole