A PADIHAM firefighter is preparing himself for the run of a lifetime.
Mr Dylan Carter, who lives in Dryden Street and works for the Greater Manchester Fire Service, is running the New York Marathon with his partner Zoe Newcombe in November.
The 37-year-old is raising money for Operation Florian, a charity which provides equipment and training to improve firefighting capabilities in underprivileged areas.
Zoe, a teacher in Bury, is hoping to raise funds for the Leukaemia Ward at Manchester Children’s Hospital, in memory of one of her pupils Charlie, who lost his fight against the disease in December.
“Operation Florian actually run a number of these fund-raising events and it was something I really wanted to do,” said Dylan, who has only ever tackled one marathon previously – London in 2002. “I saw the New York Marathon and thought with it being the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 as well it would be quite appropriate.
“When I told Zoe, she said New York was somewhere Charlie had always wanted to go so we thought it would be perfect.”
Having only decided to take on the gruelling 26-mile challenge in May, Dylan admitted the training regime has been a rigorous one.
“We’ve been training well for some time now but it’s been hard-going,” he said. “We both run at different paces. I set off at a silly speed, get tired and then she catches up. We’re not really running for a time or anything but we want to do it together.”
The couple need to raise £4,000 in order to go ahead with the run and Dylan said they were hoping for one big final push now.
“We’ve got around £2,500 between us at the moment so we’re getting there. We want to raise as much as possible and obviously the more we do the better it is for the charities.
“We fly out on November 4th, the run is on the 6th and then we fly back on the 9th, so we get a bit of time out there. Apparently someone from the New York Fire Department has a bar as well and he lays on a free spread for anyone from the fire service running the marathon, so that should be nice.
“I would also like to say thank you to Iceberg Supplememts in Nelson who have kitted us out for free, provided us with energy drinks etc and have also made a donation to the cause.”