Endurance athlete Alex Staniforth

Alex Staniforth ready to scale the heights for UK wellbeing

Endurance athlete preparing to run into the record books at the Three Peaks Challenge

Adventurer and endurance athlete Alex Staniforth is gearing up for a monumental challenge where he will attempt to set a new record for running the National 3 Peaks Challenge. He aims to raise £10,000 for Mind Over Mountains and improve the UK’s mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

The current record is 9 days and 11 hours but Alex plans to run the approximately 440 mile distance in 8 days. He is doing this self supported and without a dedicated support vehicle and with a goal of running around 50 miles a day makes it a test of mental fortitude as well as physical fitness. 

The weather is an important factor and there is the risk of injury but Alex has faced stern tests before including the Welsh 3000’s, cycling the equivalent of Mount Everest within 24 hours and climbing Cho Oyu in Tibet.

An ankle injury has meant Alex will begin his challenge next week on Friday 14 August when he will climb Ben Nevis followed by Scafell Pike four days later then Snowdon four days after that. He will run the entire distance between the 3 Peaks.  

Alex Staniforth is also a mental health activist. He is a strong believer in the power of nature, specifically outdoor activities such as hill walking, to improve mental health – something that has been severely affected in lockdown. New charity Mind Over Mountains provides opportunities for people to experience Britain’s National Parks in a supportive environment and boost their wellbeing.

The psychological impact of the pandemic and lockdown will be felt for time to come as Alex says: “We have faced an unclimbed mountain recently and our mental health has been challenged more than ever. I hope my challenge can bring people back together through the power of the UK outdoors.”

Follow Alex’s progress via the live tracker on his website

Image courtesy: Alex Staniforth

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