John’s extreme challenge success hits new heights

Fitness champion celebrates another fantastic win.Picture Richard Ponter 133001

Fitness champion celebrates another fantastic win.Picture Richard Ponter 133001

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Scarborough’s coal hump champion John Hunter has taken on one of the toughest challenges of his life - and come away with a course record.

The 49-year-old builder completed the “Fan Dance” - a 15-mile route across the Brecon Beacons - in just three hours and eight minutes.

The course, which features 6,000ft of climbing, features part of the SAS course which claimed the lives of two soldiers in the hot weather earlier this month.

During the Fan Dance event, competitors had to carry a 33lb pack with five litres of water. There were safety precautions in place with a helicopter drone monitoring the scene from above.

Mr Hunter had scooped the veterans’ title in the winter version of the same event and was keen to uphold his title.

He actually came first out of 250 people overall, with the person who came in second place 20 minutes behind.

He said: “It was gruelling - it was very humid and I had to drink a lot of water. The heat did get to some people, but I’d prepared for it.

“I’ve been out nearly every day and I always train with 10lb more than I’m going to carry at the event.”

Mr Hunter added: “Having the course record at the age of 49 is quite a feeling! It will take some beating.”

He thanked family and friends for all their support, plus Andy Hire for sponsoring his transport costs and former coal carrying champ Roy Sykes who was a marshal at the event.