London Fire Brigade

London firefighters ready for Marathon challenge

13 April 2010

London Fire Brigade marathon teamFifty-six London Fire Brigade firefighters and staff will be hitting the capital’s streets as part of the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 25 April.

They are aiming to raise thousands of pounds for thirty-nine charities and good causes, including the Fire Fighters Charity, Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation, Help for Heroes and many more. The Brigade’s runners will be joining 35,500 other participants from across the country and worldwide, in a 26-mile challenge, starting in Greenwich Park/Blackheath and finishing in The Mall.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “Alongside raising money, the Brigade uses the Marathon as an opportunity to promote key fire safety messages to the many thousands of people lining the route and the millions more watching the Marathon at home. The involvement of hundreds of our off-duty staff who volunteer to act as marshals and on-duty fire crews active around the route, gives us a chance to engage with the many communities who live along the route, and to support the race organisers’ in delivering one of London’s biggest events”.

Aside from the Brigade’s runners, Londoners should look out for firefighters and volunteers at the Brigade’s water station at Poplar, and fire stations along the route at East Greenwich, Deptford, Dockhead, Shadwell, Millwall, Poplar, Dowgate, Old Kent Road and Southwark. Firefighters will be offering fire prevention information and advice.



Notes to editors:

Some of the Brigade runners’ profiles:

  • East Ham firefighter Storme Alexander will be raising money for Dementia UK and will be running the Marathon in the Brigade’s new fire kit. The new blue kit was selected following rigorous testing by the Brigade’s firefighters and was launched on 1 April 2010. Storme will be among five other firefighters running in the Brigade’s new fire kit.
  • Orpington firefighter Michael Welch, who clocked up 20 years with the Brigade last month, and Hammersmith firefighter Gavin Jones will be running the Marathon in support of RAFT, a burns and wounds charity. With the help of their families, friends and colleagues, they are hoping to raise around £750.

  • Debbie Young, a firefighter from Hendon fire station, will be running for two charities – The Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioners Appeal and Dogs for the Disabled. Running the London Marathon has been one of Debbie’s dreams since she was a child, and although she hasn’t got a set time to complete the Marathon, she wants to finish it knowing that she gave it her all.

  • Kathryn Duncan from the Brigade’s rapid response team will be running the Marathon in honour of her aunty who died of cancer in 2008. The money raised from the Marathon will be donated to Blairgowrie Cottage Hospital in Scotland, where Kathryn’s aunty spent her last months. This will be Kathryn’s first marathon and she hopes to complete it in just under five hours.

  • Old Kent Road firefighter Ryland Culling will be running the Marathon with his dad. Both of them have been training together for the past couple of years and are aiming to raise around £2,000 for Get Kids Going, a charity that aims to get young disabled children into sport.

  • Daniel Capon, a crew manager at Forest Hill fire station, will be running his third London Marathon for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a charity that grants wishes for children fighting life threatening illnesses. Daniel hopes to complete the Marathon in just under four hours. Daniel’s friend and fellow firefighter from Forest Hill station Darren Placid-Hurst will also be running the marathon and will be fundraising for SELSA (South East London to South Africa), a project that gives young people from South East London an opportunity to volunteer in South Africa’s schools, orphanages and rehabilitation centres. 

Individual photos of the runners and interviews are available on request.

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