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BSO students conquer Three Peaks Challenge

A group of intrepid BSO students and staff completed the Three Peaks Challenge last week, scaling Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within the space of 24 hours and raising over £2,000 for the BSO Community Clinics in the process.

We caught up with Tristan Delion, one of the group, to discuss injuries, wild weather and mountainside motivation…

Congratulations to you and the rest of the team on a fantastic achievement! Can you remind us why you decided to take the challenge?
We’ve been a group of friends since the beginning of the course and we wanted to do something all together before we graduate. The possibility of raising money for the clinics which have helped us become qualified osteopaths was also a big motivation, and it was a good opportunity to explore parts of the UK – I’d never visited Scotland or Wales before.

How did you prepare?
We trained individually and collectively. Personally, I did some hiking in the Pyrenees with friends and took up swimming which helped with my breathing. I also did some fast-paced walks in Richmond Park with Grace and Owen.

How did you tackle the challenge?
We started the challenge at 4pm on 3 April with Ben Nevis in Scotland, where the weather was very Scottish; pouring down, very windy and cold! Then we climbed Scafell Pike in the Lake District in the early hours of the morning in similar weather. We basically had non-stop rain for the first two peaks. We finally finished with Snowdonia in Wales in beautiful sunshine!

We did Ben Nevis in four and a half hours, Scafell Pyke in 4 hours and Snowdonia in three hours, although the minibus in between each climb slowed down our overall time. The fastest of us completed the overall challenge (including travel between the peaks) in 23 hours and 55 minutes, and I personally completed it in 24 hours and 15 minutes.

Was it easier or harder than expected?
It was much harder than expected! The weather made it very difficult in Scotland and England. It was one of the most physically and mentally difficult experiences of my life.

Were there any particularly memorable moments?
We had fun even though the conditions were horrible. We each had a shot of whiskey at each summit, which warmed us up in the freezing temperatures. I fell on the second peak and dislocated my finger. But it’s the positive, funny and friendly atmosphere that I will always remember – we were wet, cold and tired, but we were making jokes and laughing, and I think that made us stronger and more motivated for the last bit of the trek.

How did you feel on completing the challenge?
It felt like an amazing physical and mental achievement for us all. We had a glass of prosecco to celebrate and we plan to meet next week for a celebration dinner.

What are your thoughts on raising such a fantastic amount of money for the BSO Clinics?
It is such a good feeling. The BSO always tries to give its best to students in terms of education. Also, I’ve worked in the different community clinics and can see how important it is for the BSO to treat people who don’t have the income to pay for osteopathic care. We’re very proud to help the BSO offer free-of-charge treatment for people in need. Hopefully it will inspire the next generation of students.

Thanks also go to BSO tutor Peter Simpson, and John Alsop (father of Jake), who accompanied the group and drove them over 1,500 miles during the challenge. Peter said: “What I shall remember is the fun atmosphere of the bus. Nobody complained, despite physical aches and pains, the occasional dislocated bleeding finger, or swollen stiff knees. I think the BSO should be very proud of these wonderful students who have each shown tremendous character, courage and determination in completing such a challenge. What excellent young people they are.”

You can still donate at the group’s Just Giving page, and can read more about our community clinics on our website.


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