Firefighters kitted out for challenge at Chippenham Half Marathon
12:10pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Latest News
AS people across Wiltshire gear up for Chippenham Half Marathon, spare a thought for the two firemen planning to complete it in full kit as training for their next, far longer race.
Corsham firefighters Andy Webster and Mark Evans are tackling Sunday’s gruelling race in preparation for their next challenge – completing the New York marathon, again in their full kit.
The duo have already completed April’s Corsham 10k, and are using the Chippenham race as their final training run ahead of the full marathon in November.
Mr Webster, 47, said: “We did a charity walk for former colleague Martin O’Shea along the canal in full kit, and we thought it would be good to try something like the New York marathon.”
They have already raised more than £1,700 of their £4,000 target, which will be donated to Operation Florian, an international charity that gives firefighting equipment and training to the world’s poorest regions.
Mr Webster said: “We are on-call firefighters, so finding time to train can be quite difficult. Every spare moment I have, I’m out running.”
Pledging to complete the run in full apparatus poses its own extra challenges.
“The biggest issue we have is taking on enough fluid, as the kit is designed to keep out the heat, which means it keeps it in as well,” said Mr Webster.
To sponsor the pair on their challenge, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.
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