A Spine Challenger Ultra-Marathon Trophy for Andy Jackson

Published 19 January

Construction


Andy Jackson, Craven College Construction Tutor and Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) volunteer completed the Spine Challenger ultra-marathon in just 34 ½ hours, taking 2nd place – a great achievement. The Spine Challenger is one of the countries hardest ultra-marathons covering 108 miles with over 18,000ft of ascent from Edale in Derbyshire to Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales – all in winter conditions.

Andy said: “This is the first time I have done the Spine Challenger. Fantastic to finish second.  At one point I was 3 hours behind the lead but managed to cut the time to just 50 minutes. The Spine Challenger lived up to its reputation with full on winter conditions – cold, wet, fog, snow, ice – and the night section was horrendous – just like the day but pitch black – we used GPS to navigate!“

Andy has been a member of CRO for 24 years and said. “It is my way of giving something back, to volunteer and when I can to raise funds because the CRO needs around £40K a year to just keep going. They don’t get any Government or other funding so it’s up to us to do as much as we can.”

The CRO team consisted of Graham Hughes, Heather Eastwood and Andy Jackson. The Organisation is a voluntary search and rescue team made up of local cavers, climbers and walkers who provide a highly skilled service in the Three Peaks and Malhamdale areas of the Yorkshire Dales. The team, established in 1935, is entirely reliant on public donations and is on call 24|7. If you would like to make a donation your support is much appreciated. Please visit: www.justgiving.com

Will Andy do The Spine Challenger again next year . . . watch this space!

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