FIFTY-TWO walkers who set off from Ruislip fire station for a hike around the Chilterns on Saturday had a huge obstacle to overcome along the way.
The group was walking routes of either 16 or 27 miles over hilly terrain on a broiling hot day, and the temptation to stay at a pub along the way was too tempting for three competitors.
Nonetheless, one finisher of the London Fire Brigade’s Chiltern Challenge Walk was 83 years old and another was lugging a tyre behind her the whole way.
Retired Eastcote firefighter Antony Bucksey helped co-ordinate the event. He told the Gazette: “This is the seventh year we have run the event and it went it extremely well, although three people didn’t make it past the pub at the halfway point.”
The fastest time for the 27-mile route was seven hours and 19 minutes. The slowest was nine hours and 36 minutes – 12 minutes behind Rima Chai, towing a tyre in aid of the Earthwatch environmental charity.