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Council staff member helped set record time in Three Peaks Yacht Race

A council worker has become a record breaker after helping his team mates to success in the 38th Three Peaks Yacht Race.

Chris Lewis-Farley, a landscape officer at Malvern Hills District Council,  was one of a five strong team, together with Malvern man Laurence Wilson, which took part in the challenge at the weekend.

The pair were part of Team Rio which was competing in aid of MSF UK charity (Médecins Sans Frontières), on board Dutch yacht J-Quattro.

The event started in Barmouth Wales, and the journey involved 389 miles of demanding coastal sailing, whilst en route runners took to the shore to scale the highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland.

When the times were all added up the total for Team Rio was 61 hours 24 minutes - a new course record for the thrilled crew and runners.

Chris said: "I am elated and shattered, this was my first time entering this huge race and I am so pleased with the result, it was amazing how we all pulled together and worked so well as a team.

"After the second leg I was exhausted, and I had to recuperate on the yacht for a day and a half whilst it was being tossed around.

"We popped open the champagne as soon as we crossed the finish line, and we are now in Ben Nevis with the sun shining about to celebrate this massive achievement."

For more on the team's success visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TeamRio3PYR. People can also visit https://www.justgiving.com/team-rio/ to make a donation.