John races to help competitor after collapse

142825'John Hunter with his Fan Dance trophy'Picture by Neil Silk'09/07/14
142825'John Hunter with his Fan Dance trophy'Picture by Neil Silk'09/07/14

Scarborough’s coal hump champion has helped rescue a fellow competitor who collapsed at a recent endurance event in the Brecon Beacons.

Shortly after completing the Fan Dance - a 15-mile mountainous course where participants carry a 35lb pack - John Hunter was asked if he would go back up to help bring the collapsed man back down the mountain.

John, 50, of Crossgates, who works as a builder, said: “We were told what had happened - I think the sun had got to him.

“Four of us brought him down and the course medics put two litres of fluid in him.

“He was taken to hospital and thankfully he was OK.”

John, who is Coal Hump World Champion in his age category, came 2nd out of 400 competitors overall and first out of 70 in his “Masters” category, which is for people aged 46 and over.

He was just three minutes behind the overall winner, who was a 23-year-old Royal Marine.

John said: “It was a real test for me this year, but I broke the course record in my category with a time of three hours seven minutes.

“The conditions were perfect - the sun came out halfway round. I was really pleased with the result in the end.”

John was presented with a framed map of the route - which is used for SAS selection - and a watch.