Coal hump veteran is set for a series of tough challenges

John Hunter
John Hunter
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Scarborough’s coal hump champion John Hunter is set to take on three tough challenges within a three-week period.

Mr Hunter is competing at the Scottish Coal Carrying Championships in Fife on Saturday June 29.

He has won the event six times before, with the most recent win in 2011. This is an open race with competitors having to carry eight stone (50kg) for 1,000 metres in a straight line.

The event is part of a gala day, with people coming from far and wide to take part.

Mr Hunter’s next event will be the “Para10” on July 6 at Colchester Army Barracks.

This is a 10-mile multi-terrain run, complete with a heavy backpack. The Para 10 event takes place three times a year, at Aldershot, Colchester and Catterick.

Then on July 20, Mr Hunter will travel to Pen-y-Fan in Wales for the Fan Dance Race, a gruelling 15-mile mountainous course along a route used by the SAS.

He completed the event during the winter months and is now set to return for the summer version. Mr Hunter explained: “In summer, the backpack weight goes up from 35lb to 40lb and the time limit goes down from four hours 10 minutes to four hours. “You also have to carry three litres of water with you. It’s a different ball game in summer.”

Mr Hunter’s travel costs are being sponsored by Andy Hire.