Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Charity Tuesday: Firefighter set to run 52 miles in 2 days for charity

An Essex County Fire and Rescue Service firefighter is preparing to run 52 miles in 48 hours to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

On 3 July, Watch Manager Andre Turner will run 52 miles in 48 hours, which is the equivalent of two marathons, to raise as much as possible for a charity close to his heart.

Andre was set to take on The Fan Dance, one of the selection tests for UK Special Forces, a 15 mile navigational time trial taking in two ascents of Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons. This has been postponed during the pandemic.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Andre looked for another gruelling challenge to put him through his paces and found the 48 miles in 48 hours challenge, devised by ex-US Navy Seal David Goggins who has been crowned one of the toughest men in the world.

But to stretch himself even further physically and mentally, Andre plans to add an extra 4 miles onto the challenge to run 52 miles.

Andre said: “As a serving member of the Fire Service, I fully understand how The Fire Fighters Charity has helped my friends and colleagues locally and nationally and how the impact the lockdown has had on the charity's source of funds to help. So in their time of need, I want to help them.

“As a believer in exercise to support mental health, this challenge is for me to push myself physically and mentally. The physical toll on the body by effectively running the equivalent of two marathons within two days will be bad enough but then the mental effect of sleep deprivation will kick in also, making the runs more of an effort.”

To support Andre in his fundraising efforts, head over to his JustGiving page.

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