FireFit Challenge: Only 75 miles to go!
The five key events included:
- A Paddle, Plod & Cycle at Pershore Riverside Youth Centre which added 315 miles to the FireFit total and raised around £1,000 for St Richards Hospice (see photograph).
- Station Commander Ian Jallands (who works in the Fire Safety department at Malvern) took part in the Great North Swim in the Lake District. By taking part in this challenging event, Ian added another mile to the FireFit total and achieved a personal best time, finishing in the top 200 out of around 5,000 competitors.
- A ladder climb at Pebworth fire station saw crews climb an amazing 8,800 metres (the equivalent of climbing Everest) in four and a half hours, raising around £1,000 for Evesham Skill Zone as they did so.
- A team of six from Leominster completed the Three Peaks Challenge in an impressive 22 hours 56 minutes, adding another 120 miles to the FireFit total mileage while raising around £1,100 for The Fire Fighters Charity and Acorns in Worcester.
- A team also took part in the Sheriffs Cup golf tournament in Scotland (full details to follow).
Station Commander Phil Griffiths from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said: “This was a tremendous effort by all those involved, bringing our FireFit total mileage up to 5,175 miles, with more than £42,000 raised for a range of worthy charities.”
He confirmed that there were just 75 more FireFit miles to go, something he hoped would be completed this coming weekend with participation in the Walk of Worcestershire, a Redditch team competing in the Mud Run at Eastnor Castle and a Crew Commander from Hereford taking part in the Ironman Challenge.