Group Manager raises thousands for charity in Swiss Alpine Challenge

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A huge congratulations to our Group Manager, Gary Oakford, who has raised a staggering £2,700 for charity by taking on a gruelling Alpine challenge.

Gary, who is based at ‪‎Merseyside‬ Fire & Rescue Service’s HQ in Bootle and works as Group Manager in the Prevention department, took part in the Swiss Alpine Trail Race in Davos, Switzerland last Saturday, July 30.

Known as the ‘world’s biggest mountain marathon event’, the course covers 78km in the race and attracts around 5,500 runners.

Having trained for six months for the challenge, Gary completed the event in 10 hours and 46 minutes.

He has so far raised £2,722 for international children’s charity UNICEF, military charity Support our Paras and The Royal Marines Charitable Trust.

Gary said: “The climbs were very tough with one in particular taking over four hours.

“However it was a fantastic event with competitors from all across Europe taking part.

“I was really pleased with the amount I raised and would like to thank everyone who has supported me, it gave me plenty of motivation.

“The money will make a huge difference to three incredible charities that carry out vital work all across the world.”

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