Alex Staniforth Completes Record Breaking 100-Peak Challenge

by Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com 28/Jul/2017
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Alex Staniforth has climbed all 100 of the UK's county high points after completing a 5000-mile journey on Flintshire's Moel Famau on Sunday July 23rd.

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Alex in celebratory mood at the end of his 72-day UK odyssey
© Alex Staniforth

The 22-year-old began his Climb The UK Challenge on Cheshire's Shining Tor on May 13th, before travelling by bike and on foot in a continuous round taking in the highest point of every county in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. With a journey time of just 72 days he is the fastest person, as well as the youngest, to have done the UK county high points.

"It feels surreal to have completed my hardest challenge to date" said Alex.

"Reaching the top of Moel Famau felt like climbing my own Everest, but even better because I've been able to share this journey with the hundreds of people who joined me along the way."

"I'm elated to have doubled my original fundraising target of £10,000 – but I'm so exhausted I'm just looking forward to being able to stop and not cycle anywhere for a while!"

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He'll be happy not to cycle anywhere for a while...
© Alex Staniforth

A prolific charity fundraiser, Alex used the trip to support YoungMinds, a charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

He also encouraged as many people as possible to join him on individual sections of the challenge.

Alex's journey was almost entirely human-powered, including a return kayak journey across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, with the only motorised transport being ferries to Northern Ireland and the Scottish islands.

The public were able to follow his progress via the Viewranger Tracker App, where his convoluted route around the 100 high points is still viewable.

  • Donations can be made to YoungMinds on Alex's JustGiving page, where he has already more than doubled his initial £10,000 target.

Alex is sponsored by: Viewranger

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