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  The Two 3's - The National & The Yorkshire 3 Peaks       UK

The challenge of climbing the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales has inspired walkers and runners for decades including the likes of Eric Beard (who ran the whole way in 10 days 12 hour and 15 minutes in May 1969) and Joss Naylor who completed the three tops in 11 hour 54 minutes. However, it has not been without controversy.  During the 1960's and 1970's a series of motorised record attempts, where fast driving as much as athletic ability could determine the outcome, attracted widespread criticism.  More recently its popularity as a charity walk has caused problems, particularly in the Lake District, and generated further adverse publicity. Nevertheless many runners still regard it as a classic mountain challenge if undertaken responsibly.

 Although not strictly an ultra 'The Two 3's' provides runners with a more challenging and perhaps inspiring variation to the standard British tops of Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon by incorporating a round of the Yorkshire three peaks of Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Whernside. The object is still to complete all the six peaks inside 24 hours but to ensure safe driving standards a minimum of 10 hours 15 minutes driving time is stipulated. Starting and finishing at sea-level in Fort William and Caernarfon respectively it involves over 40 miles of intermittent running plus some 14,000 feet of climbing and descending. 

The route was conceived by Andrew Brooke and first completed by his father Colin Brooke along with Tony Wimbush in 22 hours 25 minutes on 16/17 July 2000. At the time it was launched as a mountain challenge aimed at v 50's but is now open to anyone of any age.


The start point is at sea-level Fort William GR 100 740 and the finish point is at sea-level at Caernarfon GR 479 632.  The six peaks listed below must be visited.

The National 3 Peaks                  The Yorkshire 3 Peaks

Use in conjunction with OS Explorer Maps (1:25000): OL 392 Ben Nevis & Fort William, OL 6 The English Lakes - South Western area, OL 2 The Yorkshire Dales - Southern and Western area, and OL 17 Snowdon


Click on the icon to view/print the schedule of actual times for the inaugural run in 2000.


This is an informal challenge without registrations but with several suggested rules to ensure a consistent approach - see below.  Why not share your experience on facebook to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!

Links and Further Information

  • Rules:

  1. Start at sea-level at Fort William

  2. Finish at sea-level at Caernarvon

  3. Visit the top of Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon on foot starting from the base of each mountain.

  4. The Yorkshire 3 Peaks must be completed as a continuous run as normal starting at any point i.e. you are not allowed to run up and down and then drive between each peak as on the National 3 peaks.

  5. At no time exceed local or national speed limits

  6. To take a minimum driving time of 10 hours 15 minutes time thus giving a maximum of 13 hours 45 minutes aggregate time to both run up and down the National 3 Peaks and run a continuous round of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks.

  • Enquiries and reports of finishers - email:

  • Three Peaks, Ten Tors, Ronald Turnbull (Cicerone, 2007) -  includes two relevant chapters: 'The National Three Peaks Challenge' and 'The National Three Peaks by public transport'.

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Where there is a recorder please contact them to log your completion. In addition, or if there isn't a recorder, you are invited to share your experience on the gofar facebook page to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!



All the routes on this site require proven mountain running experience. You undertake them entirely at your own risk. Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times.  Always ensure you carry sufficient clothing, food and equipment to cope with dramatic changes in the weather conditions!  Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.


The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance mountain challenges which have been developed over the past four or more decades. It now offers a diverse range of long and "short", old and recent, formal and informal routes from around the UK to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to have a go, subject to proven mountain experience in all conditions.




Please send details of any record-breaking runs and the like to Martin Stone who maintains records on behalf of the Fell Runners Association. Email:

Please also refer to the guidelines and definitions in the FRA Handbook.


If you can improve on the accuracy of this resource, spot any errors in grid references, names, heights, spelling or punctuation, or find a link which does not work please email Tony Wimbush.:

Similarly, if you wish to submit any new (or old) routes for inclusion see the contact page for the information and format that is required:. 

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