A mixed team representing East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service entered and successfully completed the Fire Service Three Peaks challenge on 30th June/1st July. The task was to climb the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in under 24 hours including travelling between them.
The team completed the challenge in 16 hours and 56 minutes and were one of only three teams to earn the Platinum medal top award for completing it in under 17.5 hours. Their fast time also earned the team trophies for being the fastest mixed team, runners up for the B event and Borough Commander, Mani Gilbert-King, won the prize for the fastest Lady. It is fair to say the weather didn’t help the team.
The team included Lee Shail, Paul Henty, Greg Lee and Carl Harrison led Mani Gilbert King on her ninth trip up and down the mountains. Temperatures reached -5 at the top of Ben Nevis, there was thick fog on Scafell, followed by lots of school children out on trips on Snowdon. But the training paid off!
Borough Commander, Mani Gilbert-King, said, “It was a fantastic achievement by the whole team who raised nearly £300 pounds for the Firefighters Charity. Despite sore legs and tired drivers, we are already planning and looking forward to next year when we intend to challenge for the fastest ever mixed team time for the Fire Service event.
“A special mention should go to the support team without whom the venture could not have succeeded. Simon Wood, Carl Salter and Jane Cook drove, fed and watered the team in transit as well as providing some much appreciated first aid and moral support when the team needed it most.”