Ely firefighter completes challenge running 75 miles over five days for charity
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Ely firefighter Duncan Fraser is coming to the end of his 75 mile five day running challenge to raise money for charity.
He was welcomed in the city on Saturday by colleagues, family, friends and the mayor, Councillor Mike Rouse.
Duncan, who also works for Turners (Soham) as an operations administrator, started the challenge on Monday (June 25).
He is raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity’s ‘My 75 Miles’ challenge but pushed himself further by running the final 15 miles wearing full firefighter kit and breathing apparatus..
Duncan said: “After reading about the challenge, I wanted to push myself and do something that hopefully gets a lot of people to support me and the charity.
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“As someone who doesn’t really run a lot or enjoy running, especially long distances, I knew this was going to be challenging, but as it has turned out I’ve grown to enjoy running and missed the days when I haven’t been out.
“I’ve spent lots of time on my own running the streets and countryside, followed by time in the gym.”
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Duncan ran the same route for the first four days of his challenge - with one rest day - completing a different route for his fifth and final run in his firefighting kit, finishing at Ely Market Square.
He added: “As a firefighter of over five years, I know the great efforts the charity goes to, looking after and being there for us when we need it. It provides a great service and I wanted to try and help raise awareness and funds for the charity that may one day need to be there for me.”
The #My75Miles challenge comes as part of the charity’s 75th anniversary, with people encouraged to compete the 75 miles in any way they can to raise money to help the charity help support members of the fire services community in need.
People can support Duncan by visiting his Just Giving page to donate: https://my75miles.everydayhero.com/uk/duncan
For more information about The Fire Fighters Charity and the work it does to help the fire service community, visit: www.firefighterscharity.org.uk.