Africa challenge

North West Ambulance Commando Challenge
North West Ambulance Commando Challenge

WIGAN Ambulance staff swopped their flashing lights for a punishing peddle push across Cumbria.

Nine members of the North West Ambulance Service not only successfully completed the ‘Commando Challenge’ held in the Lake District earlier this month ... but one team achieved first place and the other third place.

Organised by Emergency Medical Technician Joe Hill, which is based at Wigan’s Pottery Road Ambulance Station, the two teams travelled to the Lakes to undertake three gruelling challenges which they had to complete within 12 hours. The first challenge was a 20km cycle, followed by a 10km walk, and is if that wasn’t enough, the challenge then ended by getting in a canoe for a 16.5km water-bound trip.

The team took the challenge very seriously and trained hard and even visited the location numerous times to get a feel for the course - just to sure that they would make it through all the challenges on the day.

Mr Hill said: “I was really impressed by the teamwork displayed by all those involved, so much so I believe without the encouragement everyone displayed to each other, even though we were made up of two teams, we wouldn’t have come the positions we did.

“It was a fantastic achievement for all of us, not least because we raised plenty of money for charity.”

The staff took part in the event to raise funds for Retrack, which is a UK-based charity that works with street children in Africa to give them a real alternative to life on the street.

They ambulance staff are hoping to raise £2,500 for the charity. If anyone would like to make a donation they can do so by visiting Find out more about the charity at

n THE team was Joseph Hill, Keith Garner Sofie Burgess, Rob Hough, Chris Brown, Owen Pike, Mike Tomlinson, Paul Gormley, Rhydian Owen. Jen Naylor and James Alameddine did not take part in the actual race due to injury but helped with fund-raising.