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A Warminster firefighter will run the London Marathon wearing a breathing kit

A Warminster firefighter will take part in a half marathon this weekend – running in a 44-pound fire kit as he practices running 26 miles with a breathing machine.

The Richmond Half Marathon on April 10 is just the first in a series of challenges team leader Dan Fry has taken on to benefit the Fire Fighters Charity.

Dan is based with Red Watch at Swindon Fire Station and on April 23 he will do a treadmill half marathon at the Asda store in Orbital Shopping Park, Swindon, starting at 11am.

In October, Dan runs his first-ever marathon in London while wearing a fire kit and a set of breathing apparatus.

He said: ‘I ran the Bristol Half Marathon last year in fire kit to raise money for blood cancer charity DKMS and then did the Bournemouth half a marathon. week later. It was an amazing experience and made me want to do more.

“I had read how the charity’s income had dropped during the pandemic as many fundraising events had to be cancelled. I know so many people who have benefited from the association’s support because it made sense to try to help them in return.

A fire department spokesperson said: ‘Residents of Dan’s home town of Warminster are getting used to seeing him pounding the streets in fire kit, he’s even been offered a few lifts by worried drivers that he is in service.

“His aim is to better his personal best of two hours and 28 minutes in the half marathon and raise at least £2,000.”

Donations for Dan can be made at: www.justgiving.com/FirefighterFry