Firefighters complete three peaks challenge
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.