Pickering Running Club's Andy Blades enjoys ‘unforgettable’ time in New York (From Gazette & Herald)
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Pickering Running Club's Andy Blades enjoys ‘unforgettable’ time in New York
8:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Sport
PICKERING Running Club celebrated the return of their very own firefighter, Andy Blades, after his hotfooted adventure in New York.
Blades, along with three fire brigade colleagues – Justin Rowe, Mark Naylor and Jack Kielty – ran 336 miles over seven days in order to visit all 225 firehouses in all five boroughs of the US city.
The intrepid team raised more than £6,000 for UK charities, and, along with home runners, expect to have raised millions of dollars that will go to a foundation in the US that builds homes for injured servicemen and women.
Blades, who ran 221 miles over the week, trained hard to achieve the goal with long early morning runs over North Yorkshire’s moors and dales.
While the run was a daily challenge, with temperatures peaking at 30 degrees, the team were buoyed by the support of the locals and their American colleagues.
Blades said: “A highlight for me was when we were escorted through downtown Manhattan by a fire truck.
“They had the road closed – something that is incredibly rare – and the support of the people as we ran by was amazing. It was an experience I will never forget.”
There was more international experience for PRC as Mike Hetherton took on two races while visiting his daughter in Australia.
Hetherton had heard about the Glass House trail races, which comprise 110, 50, 30 and 10 kilometres runs in spectacular scenery and undulating tracks of the mountains 50 miles north of Brisbane.
Despite starting at 7am to avoid the worst of the heat, runners still finished in the searing sun, with Hetherton coming home 29th out of 90 entrants in the 30km race in three hours and six minutes.
His second race came in a different form – a 10km road race in Brisbane.
The Young UN Women Spring run was organised by his daughter, Jemima, to raise funds and awareness for the organisation that fights for gender equality. Acclimatising to the heat, Hetherton achieved an incredible result, coming third overall.
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