Three Peaks Challenge Teams on top of the world

Three Peaks Challenge teamTwo teams from Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) are celebrating after winning both of the Three Peaks Challenge events they entered.

Between Sunday 22 and Friday 27 June the ‘Avon A’ and ‘Avon B’ teams took part in the challenges to climb the three highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scaffel Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) within a 24 hour period. This includes 11 hours driving time.

In total 49 teams from fire and rescue services, police forces and the army took part in the event.

The ‘Avon A’ team of Watch Manager Mike Cooper (Training department), Watch Manager Simon Fellows (Temple), Watch Manager Justin Hillier (Training department), Firefighter Rob Atkin (Patchway) and drivers Firefighter Jason Edwards (Weston-super-Mare) and Firefighter Nick Baldwin (Bath) completed the event in 16 hours and 14 minutes.

The ‘Avon B’ team of Watch Manager Russ Mitchell (Training department), Firefighter Chris Simpson (Temple), Firefighter John Cowley (Weston-super-Mare), Crew Manager Pascal van Ooston (Bedminster) and drivers Firefighter Daren Beacham (Portishead) and retired Watch Manager Dave Leeworthy finished in 16 hours and 38 minutes.

When all the results were collated the AF&RS teams finished in first and second places overall. They returned with three trophies and all members received a platinum medal for completing the event faster than 17.5 hours.

Three Peaks Challenge teamOrganiser, Mike Cooper, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for both teams. It’s the second year in a row that Avon Fire & Rescue Service has finished both first and second.

“Everyone who took part has trained hard for the challenges and the effort put in over the 24 hours was fantastic. While it is a tough challenge to complete, everyone was very committed to achieving a strong time and pulled out all the stops to make it happen.”

The team was supported by Tollgate Hire, which donated a minibus free of charge for the challenges.