Four firefighters from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service have signed up to run in the Greater Manchester Marathon, in full fire kit, to raise money for charity.
The firefighters who will be running the marathon, on Sunday 7 April, for Mind and the Firefighters Charity, are Ashley Powell (Wilmslow & Middlewich), Paul Leigh (Crewe & Middlewich), Simon Calvert (Middlewich) and Peter Daniel (Middlewich).
The group have taken part in a number of 5km, 10km and half marathons in the past but this will be the first time they have entered a full marathon.
Ashley Powell said: “This will not be our first challenge but it will certainly be our biggest. The uniform we will be wearing is very, very warm and we have to ensure we drink plenty of fluids throughout the course – you can usually wring out our jackets afterword’s with the sweat!
“The events are always a fantastic atmosphere, with all Manchester roads closed off and dedicated to the runners and supporters, it is amazing to be able to run with the iconic buildings and scenery along the way. We know it’s going to be tough but as always we will start and finish as a team and raise as much money as possible to support MIND and The Firefighters Charity. And we urge everybody if you ever need help, you only need to ask.
“As members of the emergency services we often are the last call for help and are often seen as only a uniform. But sometimes we all need a helping hand. These two charities are instrumental in supporting not just the rescued but the rescuers too. Mental health awareness is often overlooked but requires just as much support, care and respect as physical health.”
This isn’t the only challenge the group will be taking on this year as they also plan to enter the Greater Manchester Half Marathon later in the year but this time wearing full kit and a breathing apparatus kit, weighing 15kg.