Training going well for fundraiser ahead of Hadrian’s Wall hike

Andy Collins at the top of Roseberry Topping.

Training is going well for a former Richmondshire firefighter who is walking along Hadrian’s Wall in full kit including breathing apparatus for charity later this year.

Adam Collins, 33, from Brompton-on-Swale, is dedicating the walk to his brother Stephen who suffered a heart attack in his early 30s, but survived thanks to the medical help he received and the research done by one of the charities he will raise money for, the British Heart Foundation.

Adam, who previously served as a retained firefighter at Colburn Fire Station, is also raising money by taking on the 18-mile walk on May 19 for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Supporters have already pledged nearly £1,200 ahead of the hike.

The 33-year-old has been climbing Roseberry Topping in preparation for the big day.

He said: “The training is going well. I am in the gym two or three times a week, training with breathing apparatus (BA) on.

“I have recently hiked up Roseberry Topping with the equipment on. I go on as many walks as possible in my free time and I also walk around the inner circle at Catterick Racecourse to put more miles in when not at the gym.

“Thanks to Cleveland Fire Brigade, I am now able to continue my training in full fire fighting kit and BA, excluding helmet at the moment.

“Without them and their support, this would not be possible. I would also like the thank Richmondshire Leisure Trust for adding me to their talented athletes scheme to be able to use their facilities to train with all of this kit.”

To sponsor Adam click here.