The Race to Bern: KMRT probationer and friends hitch to Switzerland to raise money for the team
Last month Scott Szymczak, James Szymczak, Daniel Young, Jonathan Hakes, Sarah Ward, Matthew Williams and Hannah Little all friends from Sheffield raced all the way to Switzerland without paying for any transport, all in the name of charity.
With their impressive hitch-hiking skills, the three teams managed to raise over £400 for the Kinder Mountain Rescue team on completion of their continental task.
The group of students from South Yorkshire decided to have a top-gear style race from the Peace Gardens in Sheffield to the famous Zytglogge clock in the Swiss capital city. The 21 year olds split into 3 groups and kept in contact with each other during the race to map each other’s changing positions.
After meeting with an interesting array of people all willing to lend a hand (or car seat) and covering 6 countries; the closing stages of the race became rather tense seeing all 3 teams within a 2 hour striking distance from their destination. Eventually the winning team who made the departure from wearing 2 piece suits pulled into a snow glazed Bern a full 59 hours after their departure from Sheffield.
Kinder Mountain Rescue probationary team member Scott Szymczak was part of one of the teams to make it into Bern; he said “It has been quite the challenge to get here for free, and at many points we felt like giving up, every driver you meet thought it was crazy that you were trying to get all the way by hitchhiking. But we have proven that through the kindness of each driver to take you that little bit further it is possible, and we have an amazing experience on the way”