Fire crew scales peaks for charity

15:00 28 July 2012

The Topsham firefighters on the Fire Service Three Peaks Challenge.

The Topsham firefighters on the Fire Service Three Peaks Challenge.

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A team of adventurers from Topsham Fire Station has climbed the UK’s highest mountains for charity - breaking its own speed record along the way.

The team took on the Fire Service Three Peaks Challenge, which challenges crews to climb the three peaks – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – inside 24 hours.

Not only did the Topsham crew achieve this – for the third year in a row – but for the first time they completed the challenge inside 20 hours, earning them gold medals.

The team’s time was 19 hours and 49 minutes – nearly two hours quicker than last year – and that included the 11 hours allocated to drive between the peaks.

The team also achieved two overall awards, for the fastest mixed team in the event, and the fastest female completion by Hayley Wannell.

Crew manager Jon Webber said: “The team were ecstatic to get the gold, having worked hard over previous years to build the team up and improve the time.”

Jon said the hardest part of the challenge was dealing with the different styles of climbs the team faced.

“Some of the sections are very long and windy paths, and others are steep, rocky climbs. Scafell is probably the most difficult – it’s the hardest to climb and very tiring, but we did a very good time on it.”

The event is held to raise money for the Fire Fighters’ Charity, and funds are still coming in for the Topsham team.

Jon said: “We’d like to say thank you to the local community for supporting us with sponsorship.”

The full Topsham team was Jon, Hayley, Dave Lewis, Jason Nicks, Nick Trott, Troy Benstead, David Dow and Adam Oseland.

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