West Norfolk fire boss will be GEAR’s runner 999

Fire Chief Tim Edwards Running GEAR with 999. Pictured Tim Edwards. ( Group Manager Western District ) ANL-160223-141936009
Fire Chief Tim Edwards Running GEAR with 999. Pictured Tim Edwards. ( Group Manager Western District ) ANL-160223-141936009
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A senior fire service boss has signed up to participate in this year’s Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR), with an appropriate race number.

Tim Edwards, the brigade’s area manager for West Norfolk will don race number 999 for the annual 10 kilometre event on May 1, which he is running on behalf of the Firefighters’ Charity.

And, to make the challenge that bit harder, he plans to complete the course in his firefighting kit.

Mr Edwards said he couldn’t resist the chance to run the race for the third time and support an organisation that has helped him.

He said: “I know from first hand experience how vital their work is. Following an accident back in 1997 I accessed the Firefighters’ Charity.

“They supported my rehabilitation and helped me return to operational duties. They make a real difference.”

Mr Edwards signed up after race organisers offered the emergency services a free place in the field in recognition of their support for the event.

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Council’s cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: “The work of the emergency services often goes unnoticed in events such as these, but we rely on their input.

“We thought it would be a nice gesture to offer a free place, with the number 999, to those services as a way of really highlighting their involvement.

“We hope that people will keep a special look out for Tim, knowing that when they cheer him on, they are cheering on all the people who work in those blue-light services.”

Entries for the event, which is sponsored by Bespak, can still be made online via www.grandeastangliarun.co.uk.

To sponsor Mr Edwards, visit www.justgiving.com/FireTim or text KLYN99, followed by the amount you wish to donate, to 70070.