A GROUP of Scarborough firefighters will be in full firefighting kit to compete in Sunday’s McCain Yorkshire Coast 10km Road Race.
The five are hoping to raise cash for Charlie Hook, a five-year-old boy who has recently been diagnosed with an aggressive form of childhood cancer.
A group spokesman said that his family needed to raise £300,000 for lifesaving treatment abroad. He added: “We are going to try and run the race in our fire kit – hopefully without passing out.”
They have already been given a donation of £500 to kick-start their fund.
Charlie has already undergone chemotherapy and surgery to remove a tumour from his kidney and, although he is due to start radiotherapy next month, is responding well to the treatment.
His family are hoping to be able to send him to either the US or Germany for further treatment if the cancer returns after the radiotherapy – the disease is called neuroblastoma and full treatment is not available in the UK.
Charlie’s mother, 32-year-old Nicola, said: “The cancer is so aggressive. If Charlie relapses we have weeks or months and we have to have that money ready. I would walk to China and back if it meant helping Charlie.”
More than 1,100 runners are expected to participate in the annual event which will start at the Scarborough Spa Complex at 10am.
The course encompasses some of Scarborough’s biggest landmarks, including the Sea Life Centre and the Open Air Theatre.
The race will see a large portion of the 120 senior members of Scarborough Athletic Club joined on the starting line by runners from all over the country.
Once the serious competitors have finished the race, ghouls and ghosts will be donning their trainers to make their way around the 2.5km family fun run course, which for the second year has a Halloween theme. It starts at 11.30am.
Participants in both races are this year being encouraged to help raise funds for the races’ chosen charity, the RNLI. The race has grown in popularity in its three years and organisers are hopeful this year will see a record number of runners taking part.