Team 73 Wiltshire Police and Friends 24 hr Three Peaks Challenge team walked away with the fastest UK Police Team in this year’s challenge in 20 hrs 50 mins. which was held 28 – 29 June 2012.
The mixed team of Wiltshire Police Officers and RAF personnel (216 Sqd from RAF Brize Norton), took part in the Fire Service 3 Peaks event in some of the most severe weather conditions they have experienced and climbed the three highest Peaks in Scotland (Ben Nevis 4,409 ft), England (Sca Fell 3162 ft) and Wales (Snowdon 3,406 ft) all in less than 24 hrs.
Even though it is midsummer the team endured all four seasons in two days. High winds, thunder storms with heavy driving rain on Ben Nevis, which caused a flash flood in Fort William. Sca Fell was no better with the Peak being reduced by 15 mins, for safety reasons by the marshals due to the 50 to 60 mph gusts, poor visibility and heavy rain. The drive between Sca Fell and Snowdon showed an improvement in the weather, but this was short lived as Snowdon proved to be just as bad. As the team debussed for their final assent the cloud base came down and the wind and rain started. It was bitter cold with the winds gusting with several of the competitors being blown off their feet. The elements did not stop and had one final surprise in store – at the top of the mountain the teams were hit with driving horizontal pea size hail stones. It was so bad that the Snowdon train was not working as the operators feared that it would be blown off its rails.
The marshalls found a non competitor on the mountain suffering from the early stages of hypothermia as he was dressed in jeans, trainers and a thin leather jacket. He was assisted from the mountain by the organisers after being treated.
Paul Selby (team Captain) said " The team has endured the worst weather conditions we have ever experienced in the ten years we have been doing this event, but we still came off the mountain smiling and shattered. The great thing is we have raised between us over £600 for various charities."
Pictured: Gary Rosier, Steve Baker, Nathan Potter, Richard Gardner, Paul Selby, Warren Burns, Paul Best and Mat Barnett