They’re used to facing tough challenges on a daily basis, but now a group of firefighters have a real mountain to climb.
In fact the seven-strong team of Sean Gedney (30), Tony Redzia (56), Richard King (48), Will Kirkham (28), Darren Goult (29) and Simon Darlow (33), all based at Long Sutton, and Tony Walker (58) from Holbeach, are planning to scale three in the space of 12 hours to raise money for charity.
The group is in training for the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, which it will attempt to complete on June 21 in aid of the Firefighters’ Charity.
Mr Gedney said the crew, who are all retained, regularly take on sponsored events to support the organisation which provides services to enhance the quality of life for serving and retired firefighters, fire personnel and their families.
“We’ve done skydives and sponsored cycle rides in the past, and someone suggested it was about time we did something else and the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge was chosen,” he said.
“Tony is actually from Yorkshire and has done it before, so he’ll be able to help guide us a bit.
“We’ve started doing some training – running on the treadmill with an incline. That’s one of the downsides of living around here, as it’s all flat!”
To complete the challenge the team will scale Pen-y-Ghent, which stands at 691m, followed by Whernside at 728m, before tackling Ingleborough (723m) – all part of the Pennine range in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The firefighters have just 12 hours to complete their feat but are looking forward to giving it their all.
“We’re all looking forward to it; it’ll be a good weekend away.
“There’s even a little bet going on between ourselves as to whether the watch manager will make it!
“Ultimately we’re just hoping to raise as much money for the charity as we can,” added Mr Gedney.
n Anyone who would like to support the team can do so by completing sponsorship forms.
They are available in V M Gedney Newsagents, Market Place, Long Sutton, and the town’s fire station, located in Station Road.
Alternatively you can give online at www.justgiving.com/FART1