October 6, 2011
One of our senior members has been using his love of running as a money spinner to raise some cash for charity. Chris Tiffen ran for Birtley throughout his teens and like many, after a break, he couldn’t resist the lure of the sport. His comeback race was at the North Run after a 10 year absence. He then raced two very different events over the following two Sundays. Supporting the Fire Fighters Charity , which is the UK’s leading provider of services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families. This is a charity close to Chris’s heart as he serves as a part time Fire Man based at the fire station in Pelton. He completed the Worlds biggest half marathon event, the Great north run in 1hr 37mins 40 seconds on Sunday the 18th. A couple of days later he jumped on a plane for a cross Atlantic flight to take part in the Tunnel to Towers run in New York. Ran in memory of Stephen Siller. On September 11th, 2001, Stephen a New York City firefighter was on his way to play golf with his brothers after working an overnight shift in Brooklyn. He heard the first reports of a plane flying into the World Trade Center and returned to his firehouse to gather his gear. Driving towards the Trade Center he found the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel blocked by traffic, the 34 year old father of five abandoned his truck and ran through the tunnel with 35 kg’s of gear on his back looking for his colleagues. Stephen along with the rest of his squad perished that day. The 5k retraces the steps Stephen took on that fatefull day. Starting near to where he left his truck it runs through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel into Manhatan, finishing near the sight of the World Trade Center. To pay homage to Stephen, Chris wore his over trousers, tunic and helmet. Fire fighting gear that’s not designed for running, especially in the 70 degrees heat of the Battery Tunnel. Chris said it was an overwhelming experience feeling so accepted by New Yorkers while representing the UK fire fighters. A week later on Sunday 2nd of October Chris completed his fundraising trio of races by running the Loch Ness marathon. No sign of Nessy Chris completed the challenging 26.2 mile course in a time of 3 hours 39 minutes 10 seconds. After the race he said it was the hardest thing he has ever done. He felt strong all the way and was happy not have hit the “wall” putting his strength down to coach Tommy’s sessions. Brilliant effort The sponsor page is still open as there’s still time to sponsor at Virgin money giving or catch him on a club night.
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