A firefighter has set a new world endurance record by summiting Mt Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) nine times in 48 hours – while carrying 40lb (18.14kg) of weight on his back.

Greg Wilson, who’s a firefighter with Hertfordshire FRS, took on the mammoth challenge on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 October and by the end had travelled 81 miles and a combined height of 8,775m – only 74m less than the height of Mount Everest.

He set a new record on the mountain by completing six ascents in the first 24 hours, and also set a new record for most ascents in 48 hours.

As well as his current career as a firefighter, Greg is also a former Royal Marine Commando and has so far raised more than £2,400 to be split between us and The Royal Marines Charity.

Greg says: “This was an immense challenge, but I really wanted to inspire my daughter about hard work and pushing your limits. As both a firefighter and former Royal Marine Commando, I know the immense pressure and physical toll of these jobs.

“Both services are like a family with great camaraderie, but the roles are incredibly demanding and these two charities offer invaluable help to the workers.

“We were very lucky with the weather, there was a great atmosphere on the mountain with people kindly cheering each summit and I am very proud of this achievement and the money raised.”

To support Greg’s fundraiser, click here.

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