Firefighting climbers from Hemel Hempstead are the peak of fitness

Firefighters from Hemel Hempstead's blue watch took on the national three peaks challenge for charity.
Firefighters from Hemel Hempstead's blue watch took on the national three peaks challenge for charity.

A team of firefighters who scaled three of the UK’s highest peaks in under 24 hours say their biggest achievement was beating their Hemel Hempstead rivals in the challenge.

Dan Bathurst, Warren Moxham, Brendon Laing, Jed Caligari and Adam Newman of the town fire station’s Blue Watch travelled between Scotland’s Ben Nevis. England’s Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon in Wales, climbing them all as they went.

Dan said: “I absolutely loved the challenge. Just like the fire service, it is about teamwork and knowing you are only as good as your team. We had to get each other through.

“One of the most important things for us is that we beat the team from Green Watch at Hemel – we smashed them by an hour, and it had nothing to do with driving times!”

The Blue Watch team have so far raised £1,700 for two charities close to their hearts – the Fire Fighters Charity and DEBRA, which supports those with the blistering skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa.

While Warren’s niece struggles with the pain of the debilitating illness now, Dan’s sister’s niece Amelie sadly died from it at just five weeks old.

Dan said: “To know the money we have raised will go to such good causes is a brilliant feeling, that’s what actually got us through it.

“We did it in 18 hours and 48 minutes. We aimed to do it in under 20 hours but to get under 19 was just amazing. We all got gold medals and came 6th overall in the challenge.”

Dan said the firefighting quintet are keen to shave off another hour from their time in the challenge next year. They would also like to thank Gazette readers and shoppers at the Tesco Extra superstore in Jarman Way for their donations.

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