RUNNING a ten-mile race can be a gruelling affair.

But Hampshire firefighter Pete Broomfield will be weighed down by more than 30lb of kit when he takes part in this year’s Great South Run.

Most of the other athletes lining up on Southsea seafront on October 26 will be dressed in shorts and a running vest.

However, Pete will be pounding the streets in his firefighting helmet, tunic and leggings – and strapped to his back will be the air cylinder that forms part of his breathing apparatus.

The 43-year-old father-of-two, who is based at Hythe fire station, is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

He said: “I’ve taken part in the Great South Run twice before but this is the first and last time I’ll be doing it in full kit.

“I’m not out to achieve a great time. I just want to complete the run and raise as much money as I can.

“The main problem will be the temperature. The kit isn’t breathable, which means you retain all your body heat.”

Pete will be running in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity, which provides support for serving and retired fire personnel and their families.

He praised the support and encouragement he had received from colleagues, including station manager Kevin Lloyd-Spencer, group manager Jerry Leonard, watch manager Phil Gittings and fellow firefighters Ally Hicks, Davie Burt and Ollie Hulse.

Anyone else who wants to run in aid of the charity can call its regional fundraiser, Kerry James, on 01256 368840.

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