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Firefighters to participate in mammoth run for charity

10th May 2017

On Tuesday 30th May, firefighter Terrance Gregg who is based at York fire station and Watch Manager Justin Rowe who is based at Malton fire station will set off from York fire station and run 296 miles, to North Devon, over a number of days.

They are planning to arrive on Saturday 11th June at Royal Marine Base, Chivenor, North Devon, the home of Justin’s old regiment 24 Commando Engineer Regiment.

They have been offered  support along the 296 mile route including food and accommodation from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Midlands Fire Service, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Avon Fire and Rescue Service. They will be pulling a specially adapted trailer kindly supplied by Burley, Oregon USA, which will carry their personnel kit.

Both Justin and Terrance are former soldiers so all money raised during the run will go to Veterans In Action Charity, supporting military veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and helping to end the stigma of those suffering from mental health issues. They picked this charity after Justin visited their HQ last summer and witnessed the great work they carry out.

The public can donate to this great cause and support the runners by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/296

Justin says: “I’d like to thank everyone who has offered to support us in some way with this challenge. The run will also be my 20th year of running and fundraising in the UK & USA. My first fundraising run was during 1997 from Blackpool to Scarborough carrying a bag of coal raising money for the RNLI.

He continues: “I’m hoping to be running for another 20 years! I am already in the early planning stage to run from Bar Harbour, Maine to Key West, Florida during April 2019, following the 2.535 Atlantic Coast Cycle Path USA. That run should take me 105 days and I will be unsupported pulling the Burley Nomad trailer. I will be raising money for Allied Forces Foundation USA supporting severely injured military veterans on both sides of the Atlantic.”

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