Fire­fight­ers com­plete three peaks chal­lenge

The Oban Times - - Sport -

FORT Wil­liam fire­fight­ers took to Bri­tain’s big­gest hills re­cently as the com­pleted the three peaks chal­lenge.

The chal­lenge saw five of Fort Wil­liam’s finest climb to the top of Scot­land, Eng­land and Wales’ high­est moun­tains. The goal of the chal­lenge to com­plete all three in 24 hours.

The men man­aged to climb Ben Ne­vis, Scafell Pike in Eng­land and Snow­don in Wales in un­der 19 hours and 45 min­utes, earn­ing them a gold award for do­ing it un­der the 20-hour mark.

Fire­fight­ers Iain Hen­der­son, Chris Don­nelly, Chris Findlay, Shaun Gra­ham and Peter Wood did the climb­ing, with John Camp­bell and Peter Lees rack­ing up the miles driv­ing them across the coun­try.

The group climbed the peaks to raise money for Fort Wil­liam char­ity STAR for Har­ris.

The char­ity, set up by Tanya and Alan Ross, who lost their son Har­ris to can­cer, aims to sup­port the treat­ment of child­hood can­cer and raise aware- ness of the re­al­ity of child­hood can­cer.

The lo­cal he­roes raised more than £1,000 for STAR for Har­ris with more still com­ing in. Speak­ing to the Lochaber

Times, Iain Hen­der­son said the chal­lenge was in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult.

‘It was hor­ren­dous. The weather when we got to the top of Ben Ne­vis was just un­be­liev­able – it was so windy peo­ple were al­most get­ting blown over. It poured with rain the whole time, at ev­ery peak it was rain­ing. You would nor­mally get a break from it, but we didn’t at all.’

De­spite the great Bri­tish weather, Iain said it was all worth it to raise money for STAR for Har­ris, and hopes to hand over a cheque to the char­ity some time next week.

‘Rather stupidly, we didn’t do much train­ing for the chal­lenge, we just went for it. I have climbed the ben a few times be­fore, but noth­ing like this’, he said.

The fire­fight­ers who com­pleted the three peaks chal­lenge in record time.

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