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Coast to coast marathon is ultra-tough for firefighters
Bodmin firefighters Alex Cole, Matt Jones and James Brown.

Bodmin firefighters Alex Cole, Matt Jones and James Brown.

21st April 2021

By Ollie Young

A member of the trio of Bodmin firefighters set to take on an ultra-marathon challenge has discussed the benefits of the charity for which they are raising money.

In July, James Brown, Alex Cole and Matt Jones will attempt to complete the SW Coast 2 Coast Challenge, which sees runners journey from Minehead, across Exmoor, though the city of Exeter before finishing in Dawlish.

The group is doing the challenge order to raise funds for the Firefighters’ Charity and James told the Voice how much the charity means.

He said: “It is important to every serving firefighter, not just us three. They support not only us but also our families too should we ever need it both physically and mentally.

“It is great to have the charity in place, and as covid has hit every charity, we think it is only right to give back to a cause that is there for us if, and when, we need it.”

The three are aiming to raise £2,000 for the charity that “exists to support the mental, physical and social needs of all serving and retired members of the UK's fire family,” but have already reached £912 with more fund-raising events in the offing.

James continued: “As they race gets closer, we are going to keep upping our training and we are hoping to do some events in and around Bodmin to raise some funds.

“We have a 24-hour fitness event planned and we are hoping to do that on May 7 with local personal trainers putting on sessions for us around the town and we are also hoping to do a car wash at the station at the end of May.”

The three men all have other jobs as well as being on-call firefighters, James, an electrician, Matt, a plumber and Alex, who works at Newquay Airport, are currently training in anticipation for the endurance challenge, going running around five times a week.

“It is going to be tough, it is going to be really tough and I expect all of us will hit a wall at some point,” James predicted.

“It is definitely nice to know that there will be three of us together and we will keep each other going throughout.

“We have said we would like to do it in 16 hours, although I think we might be able to do it in 12. Everyone is on board with us at the station and a few have said they are going to come up with us when we do the event.

“It will be great to have a little support team.”

Anyone who would like to donate to the men’s fund-raiser, can do so on their JustGiving site.