The heat is on for two Caistor firefighters who will be stepping out for the Great North Run this month - in full breathing apparatus kit.
This is the sixth time Steve Critten has run the 13.1-mile course in the gear and he will again be raising money for Macmillan UK.
“I am running in aid of some great guys who were lost too young - recently retired fire fighter Spud Murphy, serving fire fighter Russ Fisher and serving firefighter, ex marine and oh so young at 39 Pete ‘Oxo’ Oxley,” said Steve.
And this time he will be joined by his Lincolnshire colleague Adam Lewis.
“My usual running partner Andy Dixon has deserted me for Australia,” added Steve, who retired from his full-time role with Humberside Fire and Rescue early this year, after 30 years service.
Both men serve as retained firefighters at the Caistor Community Station.
And like Steve, Adam will be raising money for a cause which he feels very close to.
“I am running to raise money for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, which is based at the Leeds General Infirmary,” said Adam, who works at the Caistor seafood company Sealord.
The fund provides service, training, equipment, accommodation and many other invaluable facets to allow young children to have the very best heart treatment, while also ensuring families can be together at the hospital during this extremely stressful period.
“Our Logistics Manager Lee Kelly, his partner Jo and their baby boy Harry were recent recipients of the CHSF and their work,” added Adam.
“ Their story is on my donation page for people to read and understand why this was such an important charity not just for them but for all the other families they help also.”
The total weight Steve and Adam will be carrying on their run comes to approximately 28kg or 60lbs.
“Or in layman’s terms, the equivalent of piggy backing your average sized grandma around,” added Adam.
To support the runners, donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/Steve-Critten2/ and www.justgiving.com/AdamLewisjustgive
The run takes place on Sunday, September 13 and will be televised, so keep an eye out for the intrepid pair.