Sidmouth Running Club member Allan takes on 32-day Blue Light Challenge to boost The Fire Fighters Charity

When Sidmouth Running Club member Allan Kay heard about the first UK-wide Blue Light Challenge and saw The Fire Fighters Charity was a beneficiary, he quickly signed up. 

The cause is one close to Allan’s heart, writes Alexa Baker.

He was set to run the London marathon last year on behalf of the supportive charity and had been busy raising the money required by holding coffee mornings, quiz nights and beetle drives.

When the first lockdown disrupted the event, he joined in the 26.2 challenge – running around the town’s football field alongside improvised landmarks from the capital.

The Blue Light Challenge was set for emergency service workers, which retained Sidmouth firefighter Allan certainly is.

He is also a temporary full-time firefighter at Exmouth station and is supporting South West Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST) by covering driving duties.

The Mighty Green has set himself the challenge to run a minimum of 5k, or 3.2 miles, per day for 32 days.

He began the feat on January 18 and will finish on February 18.

This is no mean feat when you take in the 12-hour shifts and the five-day residential course he is about to embark on to become a permanent, whole-time firefighter.

Run leader Allan explained that The Fire Fighters charity offers specialist, lifelong support for members of the UK fire services community, empowering individuals to achieve mental, physical and social wellbeing throughout their lives.

You can support Allan and make a donation to this worthwhile charity here.

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