A FIREFIGHTER will mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by running two races for charity.
Nigel Barrett, of Westfields, Easton-on-the-Hill, will run the Robin Hood Half Marathon on September 11 and then fly out to New York two weeks later for the Tunnel to Towers Race.
The American event is organised by the fire service and retraces the route off-duty firefighter Stephen Siller took on the day of the attacks. When his fire engine couldn’t get to the scene he ran 5km from Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers to help the rescue effort but died along with other members of his watch.
Nigel said: “This year commemorates 10 years since the attacks and honours the firefighters and emergency workers who lost their lives in service.
“I have used The Firefighters Charity myself and the 9/11 anniversary seemed like a good time to raise money to recognise its support.”
Nigel, 45, has worked as a full time firefighter in Corby for nine years. In 2007 he was forced to take three months off work after suffering a slipped disc and used The Firefighters Charity and its services to help with his physiotherapy.
He previously served in the RAF and has raised money for the RAF Benevolent Fund in the past by completing the Great North Run and a series of other physical challenges.
He has been out running with his dogs in preparation for the two events and is also a member of Stamford Striders and the Stamford Fitness Bootcamp.
He said: “I’ve always liked to support different charities. I’m running with three other firefighters from the station and between us we would like to raise £10,000.”
To sponsor Nigel visit www.virginmoneygiving.com and search for Nigel Barrett or visit the Bluebell pub in Easton-on-the-Hill which has collection tins at the bar.