Peterborough firefighters raise money in half-marathon

Four firefighters from Peterborough have raised just over £400 for charity after completing a half marathon in their fire kit.

The crew, from Stanground and Dogsthorpe fire stations, ran the Perkins Great Eastern Run Half Marathon in full personal protective equipment (PPE) with breathing apparatus (minus a mask) and a helmet – the equivalent of carrying a seven-year-old child for 13 miles.

Kevin Turner, Dale Pickstone and Alex Dalton, from Stanground, completed the half marathon with Watch Commander Tony Fitzjohn, from Dogsthorpe, last month (October), raising a total of £428.21.

Proceeds will be split between the Tyler Maxwell fundraising appeal, to pay for ongoing physiotherapy for Cambridgeshire boy, Tyler, who has Diaplegic Cerebral Palsy and The Fire Fighters Charity, which provides support, rehabilitation and care for fire service personnel across the country.

Firefighter Dale Pickstone said: “It was a challenging run/slow jog in our kit, which weighed around 25kgs. We received a great deal of encouragement and sweets from the public on the day, which made a real difference. We stopped along the way collecting money and the support from the lovely people of Peterborough was brilliant.

“There were other runners who were dressed up too. We did try and keep up with a couple of clowns but they left us at around the seven mile mark.

“Seeing so many positive people out taking part and supporting charities was a great experience for us.

“This is the second time we have done the Peterborough half marathon in fire kit and BA and we plan to run again next year… possibly!”