A towering effort from Blue Watch

INSPIRAtion: Cleckheaton firefighters on the Tunnel 2 Towers run.
INSPIRAtion: Cleckheaton firefighters on the Tunnel 2 Towers run.
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Firefighters from Cleckheaton completed an inaugural charity run in memory of a heroic New York firefighter who sacrificed his life on 9/11.

Six members of the station’s Blue Watch ran the London Tunnel 2 Towers (T2T) Run – a five kilometre course from Southwark Park in Bermondsey to London’s Docklands.

The run is the first to be organised in Europe and takes its inspiration from the New York Tunnel to Towers Run.

Around 1,000 people, including firefighters, ambulance staff, New York firefighters and their friends and families – some in full uniform and protective kit – took part.

The American event is run in memory of New York firefighter, Steven Siller, an off duty firefighter who donned 60lbs of kit and ran the five kilometres from Battery Tunnel to The World Trade Centre after hearing about the 9/11 terrorist attack. He was never seen again, leaving behind a widow and five young children.

Firefighter Martin Crossley said: “We stayed in Thameside youth Hostel in Bermondsey, close to the start of the run, and used Dockhead Fire Station, which is the old station used to film London’s Burning, to park our cars in. We spent Saturday sightseeing around London and then set off to Southwark park for the start of the run at 10am.

“The West Yorkshire Fire Service band led the short walk from the park to the start of the race and there was a great atmosphere which continued into the tunnel and all along the route which finished at Canary Wharf, and an after event party in Billinsgate market.

“We had the chance to talk to the chief and deputy chief of Battalion 35 who informed us that the event in New York started with 1,500 participants and now has 30,000 runners – it’s hoped that the London T2T will grow too.

“We hope to have raised about £800 for the firefighters’ charity and cancer research.”