Endurance champ’s mountain challenge

John Hunter succeeds in his latest SAS challenge . pic Richard Ponter 150305

John Hunter succeeds in his latest SAS challenge . pic Richard Ponter 150305

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Scarborough’s coal hump champion John Hunter has carried out an extra special endurance challenge in memory of his mum.

John, of Crossgates, lost his mum Eileen just four days before he was due to take part in the Back to Back Winter Fan Dance in the Brecon Beacons.

The 50 year old decided to do the event in her honour, carrying a photo of Eileen in his backpack as he took on the 15-mile Special Forces course two days in a row.

The challenge involves participants climbing up and over Pen-y-Fan, which stands at 3,000ft, carrying a 30lb pack.

As the event was oversubscribed, organisers decided to run it on a Saturday and Sunday, instead of just one day.

John said: “A small group of us did it both days. It was very windy on the Saturday, which was quite frightening.

“One person got blown over the edge and was injured.

“Sunday was better, although it was snowing and the paths were frozen.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but I’m not one for giving in.”

John came back in sixth place overall on the Saturday and was the first back in the over 50s section. He was the first over 50 to finish on the Sunday and the fastest person over 50 to complete the Back to Back challenge.