Portsmouth firefighters gear up for the Three Peaks Challenge – with a difference!

A team of five firefighters will be saddling up for the Three Peaks Challenge, but with a cycling twist.

Pilgrimage of Pain


23/06/2021 1:03pm


Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service

On Wednesday 30 June, the group which are part of Southsea’s white watch crew, will be tackling the 10,052ft climb across Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden and cycling the 452-mile journey in between.

The three-and-a-half-day mission will see three of the team, made up of James Johnson, Barry Kings-Hodkin, Nico Razzell, Dan Reeks and Bradley Yates, ride from one mountain to the next on their bikes, before swapping their cycling gear for climbing equipment, and as a team of five, taking on the three peaks, all in aid of two charities close to their hearts.

The team are hoping to raise £5,000 to support The Fire Fighters Charity and Tonic Music for Mental Health.

The Fire Fighters Charity supports more than 5,000 fire service personnel each year who have been physically or psychologically impacted by their work.

Tonic Music for Mental Health is a Portsmouth-based charity which aims to raise mental health awareness, challenge stigma and promote wellbeing through music and the arts.

Firefighter Bradley Yates said:

“The training has been tough at times, and we know that it’s going to be challenging both physically and mentally.

“Some might say we are mad, but we are motivated by the work that both of these fantastic charities do and are determined to complete our ‘Pilgrimage of Pain’ to show our support.”

All associated costs will be covered by the team, so every penny raised will go straight to the charities, so they can continue their invaluable work.

You can support the challenge by making a donation through the team’s JustGiving site.

Or you can follow their progress as they pedal towards the finishing line, by checking out their Instagram updates.

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