Having accomplished the Sub 24hour 3 peaks challenge in 2007 & 2008, NWFS members looked for a new, and somewhat wetter, challenge.
In 2009, Sara Hall, firefighter from West Midlands, came up with idea of taking part in the Great North Swim, a 1 mile open water swim around Lake Windermere. Along with Sara, and the blue-green algae went Sian and Adele (LFB) and Anne (Oxfordshire) all successfully completing the mile swim.
For 2010, on 3rd July, the team opted for a dip in the Albert docks in London's East End. Sara chickened out this year, using pregnancy as her feeble excuse for not participating! This year Nik (Fire Service College), Anne, Sian and Sue completed the mile swim in the docks, on a sunny day with a fantastic atmosphere.
Cheryl (East Sussex) decided to organise a team to take part in the BHF London to Brighton bike ride, enlisting Nik and Anne to join in the fun! The team stayed the night before in the Union Jack Club near Waterloo with lots of other Fire Service colleagues. A huge number of cyclists took part, the route was very congested and progress was very slow, with marshalls insisting riders walked at many stages, the 56 mile ride took most of the day with the exhausted troops clocking in at about 5pm. The reward of a medal and a bottle of wine was very well deserved!