Goal: £20,000 | Raised: £28,061
“Bring people together”
What? 660km relay FKT attempt – National Three Peaks Challenge
After going back to the drawing board and praying and seeking a God-idea for the next challenge, Rehan was able to go to church leadership in January 2020 with a vision of pulling a small team of runners together with support staff and take on the National Three Peaks relay record that stood since 1980.
The 3 main goals of the challenge were:
Raise funds for Joint Aid Management (JAM) – Target £20,000
Break the existing 40-year-old record for fastest time
Physical action on prophetic word – Taking possession of the land given to us
The route consists of climbing the highest peak in each of the UK countries and running the entire route connecting the peaks (660km) in a relay format. The Men Relay record is 54 hours 39 min (2 days, 6 hours, 39 min) at roughly 5min/km throughout the 660km.
The highest peak in each of the UK countries are, Ben Nevis (Scotland – 1,345m), Scafell Pike (England – 978m) and Snowdon (Wales – 1,085m)
How did the Challenge go?
This was the year where the world needed some good news and we were able to provide some.
The COVID-19 pandemic hit the UK in late Feb / beginning of March 2020 with initial thoughts that all lockdown restrictions would be lifted by the middle of May latest ( initial planned date). However, the team needed to adjust and postpone the challenge indefinitely as it seemed hopeless to have countries open their borders.
But God worked all things for good.
The additional time provided additional fundraising time and we came up with creative ways to stay motivated, connected and involve people from across the UK during the lead-up. Then, at the beginning of July 2020, a small window of opportunity opened with Scotland and Wales opening their borders for small groups of 6 travelling together and open-air camping. The team needed to adjust logistical planning significantly to comply with the regulations, but the overall experience with the team (7 runners, 3 cyclists, 5 drivers, 3 mountain spotters) was priceless. They couldn’t beat the relay record, but had a fantastic finish climbing Snowdon together and celebrated at the base as a team before driving back.
How did the Fundraising go?
Incredible! With so many more people involved and with CRC London’s backing, there was a significant increase in reach and expansion of impact. The £20,000 goal was reached ahead of the start of the physical challenge. They managed to raise £28,061 in the end – sufficient to feed 5,612 school kids for an entire month or 468 over a school year.
Change in Rehan
The “WHY” was stronger than ever
‘By doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others’ ~ Satsuki Shibuya
‘Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.’ ~ Gen 13:17 (NIV)
‘Every place where you set your foot will be yours’ ~ Deut 11:24 (NIV)
‘Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.’ ~ Psalms 2:8 (NIV)