Firefighters complete epic New York running challenge

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Whitby Fire Station’s commander Mark Naylor was among a group of firefighters who have completed an epic set of marathons across New York.

In doing so the team set a world record by running to all 225 fire houses in New York - earning praise from their stateside colleagues and New Yorkers alike.

SC Naylor, along with Justin Rowe, Andy Blades and Terence Gregg battled through the heat and daily marathon distances to run 366 miles as a team in only seven days.

They began at the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation on Staten Island on September 21 before navigating through Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx, finishing at Engine 10, Ladder 10 opposite Ground Zero.

A wreath of poppies was then laid on behalf of the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service at the 9/11 Memorial Wall in memory of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives when the Twin Towers.

The mission was completed on Sunday when, alongside their own families, they joined thousands of runners for the annual Tunnel to Towers Run which followed the route firefighter Stephen Siller took on September 11, 2001, as he ran to the disaster site in full gear.

The team, who are self-funded but also received support from local companies are already over their £5,000 fundraising target. They will split the money between the Fire Fighters Charity and Macmillan Cancer Trust in the UK and The Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation in the USA.