Firemen set for toughest test yet

Firemen Paul Shattock and David Starie are marching from Newmarket to Felixstowe in October in full fire fighting kit with BA in aid of the Fire Fighters' Charity and Arthritis Research UK. They were at Cotswold shop to promote the walk
Firemen Paul Shattock and David Starie are marching from Newmarket to Felixstowe in October in full fire fighting kit with BA in aid of the Fire Fighters' Charity and Arthritis Research UK. They were at Cotswold shop to promote the walk
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WHEN you have done four marathons in four days, your next charity challenge has to be special.

So firemen David Starie and Paul Shattock, from Bury St Edmunds fire station, have taken on a really tough one.

They plan to ‘yomp’ (marching in full kit) 53 miles from Newmarket Fire Station to Felixstowe Fire Station wearing their heat resistant firefighters’ uniforms and standard breathing apparatus.

Both admit it will be tough, even though both are fire service fitness instructors.

David is also a former professional boxer, while Paul is an ex-Royal Marine Commando.

“The fire kit is designed to insulate your body from the heat of a fire, but it works the other way, too. It won’t let the heat out,” said David.

On Saturday, the pair were in the Cotswold Outdoors store in Abbeygate Street, Bury, showing people the kit they plan to walk in.

The store is sponsoring them with nutritional supplies while Cotswold’s Ben Brown, who has a Masters in sports nutrition, has worked out their diet and hydration requirements.

They have also been supported by the fire service, which is providing a support vehicle.

The yomp, on October 20, is in aid of the Fire Fighters’ Charity and Arthritis Research UK.

Paul said: “We’re supporting Arthritis Research because I have a family friend whose young daughter has childhood arthritis.

“She’s just over three and has had to have injections in her joints.

“It tugs at the heart strings.”

You can sponsor the pair by visiting www.justgiving.com/teams/Hot2Trot