Andover team leader tackles London Marathon with a team of firefighters

AN ANDOVER crew manager took part in the London Marathon today (Sunday 3 October) as part of a Hampshire fire team.

The On The Run team tackled the grueling 26-mile course dressed in a firefighter’s costume, on behalf of charities close to their hearts: The Fire Fighters Charity; Parkinson’s United Kingdom; and a JDRF type 1 diabetes charity.

The team, made up of Andover Station Team Director Rich Green alongside fellow firefighters Pete Larcombe, Keith Burton and Matt Hooper, first discovered the idea while they were under the same surveillance at the St Mary’s fire station.

The plan was temporarily parked as the event was postponed due to the pandemic. Unable to run together during the lockdown, the four crew members trained solo, aiming to raise £ 10,000 through the event, having recently completed the Southampton Half Marathon.

Team manager Larcombe said: “I had run the marathon before and always said if I did it again I would do it in a silly costume, not caring about my time and just enjoying the day. and the crowd.

“I started talking to friends on the ward and we had seen people running in single file like a fire truck and we were like, ‘This is not a fire truck!’

“It took three months from concept to finished product. Our jaws all hit the ground after we put the cloth on. ”

After his father’s diagnosis of the disease at the age of 60, Pete ran for Parkinsons UK, while Keith raised funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) after his daughter Sophia was diagnosed with diabetes in type 1 at the age of 14 months.

Rich and Matt represented The Fire Fighter’s Charity, which annually supports more than 5,000 firefighters who have been physically or psychologically affected by their work.

Most of the construction work was undertaken by experienced plumber Matt, who used plastic plumbing pipes to build the costume frame. The rest of the team also helped with the construction and were supported by local businesses including Zillwoods Sign Makers, Stalwart Products, Wellington Signs & Designs and First Aid Southampton.

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