Running firemen aim to set record

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A SCARBOROUGH firefighter who has run the length and breadth of the country is now travelling to America for his latest fundraising challenge.

Justin Rowe, who lives in Scarborough and is watch manager at Malton Fire Station, is planning to set a new World Record by running to every fire house in New York in seven days.

He will be joined in the challenge by Ryedale station manager Andrew Blades and York fire fighter Terrence Gregg.

After starting at Staten Island, and running through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhatten, Bronx and Harlem the team will finish the challenge by taking part in the annual Tunnel to Tower Run, which is held in memory of New York fire fighter Stephen Siller who came off duty and ran 5k with 70lbs of equipment to join his colleagues at the Twin Towers and sadly lost his life.

Mr Rowe and his colleague will then lay a wreath at Ground Zero on behalf of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in memory of the New York Fire Department and First Responders who lost their lives during 9-11.

Mr Rowe, 48, said: “I was planning to run the East Coast of America, but with it being more than 3,000 miles there is no way I could get the time off work to do that.

“I still wanted to do fundraising in America and the next best thing was going to New York to do the Tunnel to Tower Run.

“That is only 5k though, so I decided to expand on that and run to every fire house in New York.

“No one has ever done it before so we are really looking forward to the challenge and setting a new World Record.

In September Mr Rowe, Mr Blades and Mr Gregg, joined by Mark Naylor and Pete Schofield, ran 217 miles along the Transpennine Trail, from Southport to Hornsea in aid of Help for Heroes.

That followed a cross country run in 2009 when Mr Rowe and Mr Gregg, Mr Naylor, Mr Schofield and Adrian Riley, raised around £10,000 for the national armed forces charity by running from London to York.

Their challenge in America, which they plan to complete in September 2013, will see them raise money for The Stephen Siller Foundation, supporting injured US fire fighters, and the UK Fire Fighter Charity.

The team will start fundraising this year, before starting their training programme in 2013.