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Three men from Wharfedale take on Britain's toughest challenge


Published by May Norman at 1:40pm 11th January 2019.

Three men from the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue team take on Britain's toughest challenge

  • David, Joe and Matt preparing for the Montane Spine Challenger.
  • It's a 108 mile race between Edale and Hardaw.
  • The course has to be completed within just 60 hours.
  • The trio are raising money Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue association.

A trio from Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue team are taking on Britain's toughest challenge.

David Dixon, a fireman from Threshfied, Matt Richardson, a carpenter from Grassington and Joe Parsons, a sound engineer from Carleton, have all committed themselves to the Montane Spine Challenger on Saturday, 12 January, 2019.

This is a non-stop, 108 mile race between Edale and Hardaw - something they have to complete in just 60 hours.

The team are raising money for the fell rescue association which has annual running costs in excess of £50,000 and receives no government funding.

Speaking ahead of the race, Joe said:

"As well as the sheer physical effort and without sleep it really is a test of mental fortitude and I repeatedly found myself on the limit. We experienced every form of dreadful weather conditions from snow and ice to driving rain. Ironically for me perhaps the worst section was in my home territory with the infamous Ickornshaw Moor – a horrible boggy section of misery still in my memory."

Dave added:

"It would be ideal to keep together but this is very unlikely due to the sheer effort - some of us will cope with certain sections better than others. On my earlier events it wasn’t uncommon to find myself totally isolated from others out in the wilds - it's such a long way.’’

To help the team with their funraising efforts, please visit their just giving page.

Photo caption: Matt Richardson, Joe Parsons, David Dixon.

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