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North Yorkshire firefighters aim to set world record with New York Fire House Run
FOUR North Yorkshire firefighters will attempt to set a world record as they prepare to run to every fire station in New York.
Raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Tunnel To Towers Foundation USA, Scarborough station manager Andy Blades, Whitby station manager Mark Naylor, York station firefighter Terence Gregg and Malton station watch manager Justin Rowe will run between 25 to 35 miles a day for a week.
Together they will begin their trip at Staten Island on Saturday, September, 21, before attempting to set a world record by being the first people to run to 225 fire stations.
They will visit fire houses in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx and Harlem.
Justin said: “It is going to be an experience of a lifetime really and such an adventure.
“The fire service in the US is very well respected and we have already had so much support from over there.
“This has been two years in the making and we just want to get going now.”
The firefighters decided to take on the Fire House Run after Justin read the story of US firefighter Stephen Siller, who rushed back to work after he had finished his overnight shift when he heard about the 9/11 attacks.
Stephen was stopped from getting near the World Trade Centre in his truck so he ran on foot through the Brooklyn Tunnel towards the site with 60lbs of gear strapped to his back. He never returned.
The team will be taking part in the annual 5km Tunnel To Towers Run, which retraces Stephen’s final footsteps, during their time in the US.
The run will honour the 343 firefighters, police officers and first responders who lost their lives during 9/11.
The group has already planned its route under the guidance of Staten Island logistics support manager Jack Kielty.
Justin said: “Jack has told me that we are going to see parts of New York that not even tourists know about.
“We are currently running marathon distance so we have just got to keep it up now.”
The team has so far raised £5,000 and members are hoping to increase that when they get to America.
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