Reservists challenge for charity

The team at the top of Scarfel pike.
The team at the top of Scarfel pike.

Reservists from Northumberland have taken on the three peaks challenge to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.

Members of the Fifth Fusiliers’ Z Coy, who are based in Cramlington, undertook the three peaks challenge to raise funds for the Army Benevolent fund.

To complete the challenge, the five men had to climb the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland, within 24 hours.

The team took on Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales, and completed the challenge in 23 hours and 51 minutes, raising £792 for the charity.

Sgt Major Andy Stewart, who is based at Cramlington Army reserve centre, said: “It’s surprisingly difficult to achieve, as the mountains can be tough, but then there’s no rest and it’s straight across to the next one and eat and sleep where possible on the move.

“I’m really glad we achieved it though and our army teamwork paid off.”

Z Coy train in Cramlington every Tuesday night and every other weekend.

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