05 June 2006

Alumni in Three Peaks Yacht Race 2006

In June 2006 a team of University of Sheffield students past and present will be taking part in the Three Peaks Yacht Race as team Abbeydale Moonshine.

The race involves 389 miles of difficult coastal sailing up the west coast of Britain from Barmouth in mid Wales to Fort William in Scotland. Teams comprise of three sailors and two runners. Along the way, they stop at Caernarfon in North Wales where the runners scale Snowdon (1085m) and Whitehaven in the Lake District where the runners take to bikes before climbing Sca Fell Pike (978m). The race finishes in Fort William with the runners ascending Ben Nevis (1344m) and returning to the yacht, thus having climbed to the highest points in Wales, England and Scotland covering a total of 72 miles on land with over 14,000 feet of ascent.

The team are sponsored by the Abbeydale Brewery in Sheffield with additional support from Soreen, of malt loaf fame, and Inov-8, a leading manufacturer of off-road running products. The team will be sailing a Reflex 38 yacht skippered by Ric Searle, ably assisted by Will Appleby and Jody Slater. Running up the mountains will be Tim Fairbrother and Colin Taylor.

More details can be found on the team's website at:

The race starts from Barmouth at 2.00pm on Saturday 17 June. Live coverage will be provided online courtesy of SleepMonsters on the official race website at:

The team will also be racing for charity, and would be grateful of any support you are able to give. Their charity is the National Osteoporosis Society. Osteoporosis will at some time affect one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50. Donations can be made online using Just Giving at: