Days Across Lakes, Nights Up Mountains By John Myatt, Laura Nesbitt, Caroline Saxon and Lars Mack
Ice swimmers John Myatt, Laura Nesbitt, Caroline Saxon and Lars Mack took 31 hours 6 minutes to swim acrossLoch Awe, Lake Bala and Lake Windermere during the day and hiked up Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike (mountains) at night to complete theThree Lakes, Three Peaks Challenge in a charity event on September 18th – 19th to raise awareness of mental health issues.
Myatt told the BBC, “I went through a period in my late thirties of depression – sitting down drinking, feeling sorry for myself, and then I just felt the need to do something.” They had no time to feel sorry for themselves on their Three Peaks and Three Lakes Challenge with the worst possible weather conditions on Snowdon. “Water was cascading off the rocks like waterfalls. [But] you don’t want quitters on the team. You want people that are going to surpass themselves and push themselves, when it comes to the crunch.”
The quartet combined the Three Lakes Challenge (or Loch, Lake, Llyn) with the Three Peaks Challenge (summit up the highest peaks in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon). The original Three Lakes Challenge was laid down as a challenge by Jason Betley in 2013.
Saxon added, “We are pioneers of this first event. I am super stoked to have completed this with the support and organization of my incredible friends Martyn Paul from Advocate Events and Leon Fryer at Swimyourswim. No team is successful without their crew. Our crew comprised of the awesome Mountain (but mostly van) Martyn, Mountain Chris, Chief boat brain Leon Fryer, Boat Nick, Mountain Ben, the Captain Joe Thomas, Mountain Rob, Boat bosses Chris Hill and Mike Bullivant plus the one and only bus, mountain and boat Sandy Abrahams. I’m super proud that as a team we smashed it, but as a wider team, we absolutely nailed it and thank you to my 3P3L brains for trusting my daft itinerary. Please check in on your friends‘ mental health. We all have mountains to climb, sometimes the deepest darkest lakes to cross. Some of us need our hands holding or boats steadying, in order to make it.”
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