Brigade workers’ 125-mile run

Charity runners (left to right) Becci Johnson, Chris Russell and Emma Rushforth at the end of their charity run. Picture by FRANK REID

Charity runners (left to right) Becci Johnson, Chris Russell and Emma Rushforth at the end of their charity run. Picture by FRANK REID

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TWO fire brigade workers completed a gruelling 125-mile cross country run for charity.

Cleveland Fire Brigade’s Emma Rushforth and Rebecca Johnson ran from Workington, in Cumbria, to Hartlepool Marina to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity.

Emma, divisionary activities manager at the service, and Rebecca, who is a firefighter based at Hartlepool’s Stranton Fire Station, crossed the finish line at the marina yesterday after the four-day trek.

The route included stops in Keswick, Melmerby, Middleton and Sedgefield and they have so far raised almost £1,000.

Emma said: “After taking part in the coast to coast cycling event in 2009, I found I wasn’t a natural born cyclist and that I actually enjoyed the section of it I ended up running while carrying my bike on my back following a puncture.

“This gave me the idea to run the entire distance instead.

“I started to train over a year ago for it and in that time firefighter Rebecca Johnson has also bravely decided to join me.

“We decided to do this challenge on behalf of the Fire Fighters Charity to raise awareness of its work, as well as funds as they provide such invaluable help and assistance to fire service personnel and their families up and down the country.”

The challenge saw them drive to Workington on Friday and start the feat by running 22 miles to Keswick, Cumbria.

The following morning they clocked up another 26 miles to Melmerby before running 33 miles on to Middleton in Teesdale on Sunday.

On the Monday they ran 30 miles to Sedgefield before the final part of their journey saw them run 14 miles to Hartlepool Marina.

The charity supports all fire service personnel during their times of need, and assists thousands of individuals every year by providing pioneering treatment and support services.

The pair were also joined by Chris Russell, a personal trainer and gym instructor at Active8 for Stockton Brorough Council who cycled the distance at their side, and Asim Sinharoy, a brigade analyst who drove the supporting vehicle to provide refreshments, supplied by local communities and transport equipment to each of the locations visited along the way.

People can still sponsor Emma and Rebecca by logging onto www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk and select the link with this story.

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