Sidmouth firefighters in Great North Run

Sidmouth firefighters don full fire-fighting kit to run half marathon for leukemia charity

TWO Sidmouth firefighters will be among 48,000 runners taking part in this year’s Great North Run.

Shaun Bagwell, 32, and Jack Burgess, 21, both retained firefighters at the Sidmouth station, will be wearing full kit – tunic, boots, helmet and breathing apparatus – weighing some 22 kilos, to run the half-marathon distance in Newcastle, equivalent to a half marathon.

They want to raise money for Children with Leukemia charity and also the Firefighter’s Charity, which has supported the duo.

“We are hoping to raise as much as we can, we have to raise a minimum of �400,” said Shaun, an electrician who lives in Tyrell Mead.

He and TV aerial engineer Jack, who lives at Anstis Court, have done some training together and both play five-a-side football.

If people in Sidmouth and Sid Valley would like to sponsor the firefighters, they can put cheques or cash in envelopes through the fire station postbox in Woolbrook Road.

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“If they are not happy about dropping money in, they could leave contact details and we will get back to them,” Shaun said.

Shaun has run the Bath half marathon and hopes he and Jack can complete the Great North Run in around three hours.

“We have been practicing on a treadmill with the kit on, but not a lot,” he said. “We are looking forward to doing it and want to do it in a competitive time.”

His ambition is to run the New York marathon in a couple of years.

*People willing to boost the duo’s fundraising coffers can also post cheques to them c/o Sidmouth Fire Station, Woolbrook Road, EX10 9UU.