At a presentation evening held at Ryde Fire Station on Saturday, organisers of the event – which has raised funds for the Wessex Cancer Trust and The Firefighter’s Charity, revealed that a grand total of £44,026 had been raised this year, a staggering £24,026 over the set target.
Following the sad death of John Hargreaves, a member of the Isle of Wight Fire Service, the Wessex Cancer Trust was chosen as a benefactor of the fundraising.
The challenge saw firefighters cycle 100 miles here on the Island in a single day, as well as IWFRS Watch Managers, Kelvin Wright & Lee Venier (pictured) traversing 100 mountains in ten days over the water in France.
More than £4,000 of the funds raised came from the 48-hour running challenge which saw 20 incredible firefighters take it in turns to run a grand total of 459,700 metres in a giant human hamster wheel on Ryde Esplanade, both day and night.
A pop-up restaurant was held inside Ryde Fire Station’s pump bay back in May as another fundraiser event.
More information can be found on the official website, http://iow100.btck.co.uk