On your marks with fire crews

Retained firefighter trainees prepare for the Chorley Fire 10K
Retained firefighter trainees prepare for the Chorley Fire 10K

Firefighters will swap their protective clothing for running shoes on Sunday to take part in the Chorley Fire 10k.

And they are encouraging runners of all abilities to join them and help to raise money for the Fire Fighters’ Charity, which supports serving and retired firefighters, fire personnel and their families.

Dozens of firefighters are expected to do the race, which starts and finishes at Lancashire Fire And Rescue Service’s training centre at Washington Hall, in Euxton.

Dave Clegg, project officer for the fire service, said: “There has been a race at Burnley Fire Station for 25 years and we wanted to extend it to raise more money.”

The races starts at 10am and is a “very flat” two-lap course through Euxton.

Organisers hope experienced runners will enter but also want new runners to get involved.

Anyone aged 15 or over can take part, regardless of ability.

All finishers will receive a medal, with prizes for the first five male and female runners and winners of different age categories.

Refreshments will be available afterwards and people can watch firefighters training at the centre.

Dave said: “We want to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to take part and make it a fun, family event.

“Because it’s such a flat course, it’s a good course for beginners and for experienced runners to get a personal best time.”

Entry to the race costs £14, or £12 for club runners and fire service personnel.

To enter, go to www.fyldecoastrunning.org.

Online entries close on Friday night, but places will also be available on the day, charged at an extra £2.