Firefighters raise the profile of new fundraising world record

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A new world record attempt by a Scarborough firefighter is gathering support across the Atlantic following a fundraising trip to Washington.

Justin Rowe, who lives in Scarborough and is watch manager at Malton Fire Station, is planning to run to every fire house in New York in seven days, in September next year.

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He will be joined by Ryedale station manager Andrew Blades, Whitby station manager Mark Naylor and York firefighter Terrence Gregg.

Raising money for UK and US firefighter charities, the team have attracted attention across the States, particularly as no-one has ever attempted to run the route before.

And the profile has been raised even more following a visit to Washington by Mr Rowe and Mr Gregg, who were invited to attend a high profile fundraising dinner, organised in their honour.

Mr Rowe said: “The trip went very well and it was an amazing experience meeting such friendly people supportive of our cause.

“The four days we were in Washington DC was full on and hectic, Terrance Gregg and myself attended various meeting with business and organisations promoting the run but also reaching out for a US sponsor as at the moment we are self funding team i,e paying for our flights and accommodation.

“There were various highlights of the trip but attending the fundraising event was the best moment; meeting Washington DC business people and promoting the run.”

While in Washington Mr Rowe and Mr Gregg also visited the White House, 25:000 seated basketball stadium, and “Cabin John Fire House” in Maryland. The trip organised by US firefighter Jason Goldberg.

To sponsor the team for the New York City Fire House Run 2013 visit www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/YFireHouseRun