Tributes to 9/11 hero firefighter

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The City That Never Sleeps beckons for a team of firefighters who will embark on a world record attempt this Saturday.

Andy Blades, station manager at Scarborough, and fellow North Yorkshire firefighters Justin Rowe, who was born and raised in Scarborough, Mark Naylor and Terence Gregg fly Stateside today ahead of their ambitious bid to run to all 225 fire houses in the five boroughs of New York.

The team will start at the headquarters of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation on Staten Island and then run through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx before finishing at Engine 10, Ladder 10 opposite Ground Zero.

They expect to be running for seven days at an average of 30 miles per day.

“I am really looking forward to it,” said Mr Blades. “We are not aware of anyone attempting to run to all the fire houses in New York before. The distance is a challenge but also the city location - having to negotiate the roads and the paths will be a different experience.”

The firefighters are no strangers to endurance tests, having previously pulled a 100kg trailer from London to York, and have spent the past 18 months preparing for the Fire House Run which will raise money for The Firefighters Charity and Macmillan Cancer Trust in the UK and The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation in the USA.

Once their historic run is complete, the team will visit the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero and then lay a wreath of poppies at Engine 10, Ladder 10, on behalf of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

They are already £2,000 over their £5,000 fundraising target but are hopeful of raising more money both home and abroad.

To sponsor the team visit Team Tarahumara’s fundraising page on www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com