May 2, 2020

Ultrarunner Tom Evans Completes World-First Virtual Three Peaks Challenge In Under 5 Hours

By Andy Tomlinson

Ultrarunner and Red Bull athlete Tom Evans has recorded a staggering finishing time for the world-first virtual Three Peaks challenge, running over 37km and climbing 3000m in an impressive 4 hours and 32 mins.

We featured Tom and his challenge previously HERE.

Beginning at 10 am this morning, Tom ran the steep gradients of Snowdon (5.5km up 723m, 13.2% average), Scafell Wasdale Head (4.5km, 910m 20% average) and Ben Nevis (8.8km, 1335m, 15.1% average). Aiming for a completion time of under 6 hours, Tom Evans surpassed his own expectations, hitting stop on the treadmill at around 4 hours 32 mins.

His approximate times for the three iconic ‘mountains’ were as follows:

  • Ben Nevis 1 hr 55
  • Snowdon 1:17
  • Scafell Pike 1hr 10

Tom originally planned to break the fastest known time for completing the iconic Three Peaks running challenge in real life, but due to travel restrictions and current government guidelines that restrict activities and training, Tom attempted this new record instead.

Normally when you’re doing this challenge you get a bit of a break and have to drive between the mountains”, said Tom. “But today we just had to keep going on the treadmill, non stop. Typically the last 10/15 mins each climb were really tough, but I had to dig deep and keep doing. It was pretty savage! Physically it was so tough, but mentally too it was really challenging. The great thing about trail running is the terrain that you get to run on, the views that you get to see, and the community of runners, so doing it in the pain cave on a rainy day makes it that bit tougher.

Further information on Tom’s challenge can be found at

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Andy Tomlinson