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Bob the runner: Can he do it?

Some might be glad of breathing apparatus when they take part in this year's Boston Marathon UK.

But fire fighter Bob Green will be carrying it with him when he runs the half marathon. And that's in addition to being dressed in full fire fighting kit, although he will be wearing trainers.

Bob (pictured) is a retained fire fighter for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service and said: "I like a challenge and as I run to keep fit I thought I would combine the two and help raise funds for two charities that provide a fantastic service. Any donations received by sponsorship of my run will be split equally between them.

"The first Charity is my local New Life Centre in Spilsby. It is part of the ground-level network of churches and youth work to mental health support, food bank to counselling and debt management to children's services are just some of the areas they cover at the centre. Without the support and generosity of the community this would not be possible.

"I will also split any money received with The Fire Fighters Charity. It offers a full package of support tailored to the needs of fire fighters, support staff and their dependents. Helpline and rehab centres help fire fighters get back on their feet after injury, illness, trauma and problems in their lives. It keeps fire fighters fit, healthy and happy so they can continue saving lives.

"I helped marshal sections of the Boston Marathon last year so although I have not entered it before I know how well it is organised and supported."

If you want to sponsor Bob go to

You only have until the end of this month to register for the event, which takes place on Sunday, April 15.

All finishers will receive a medal and a limited edition Tech T-shirt with a retail value of £25. Not bad when you consider it costs only £3 for 12 to 17-year-old runners to enter.

All runners who register in all classes, including fun runners, will receive through the post a race number for their running shirt. It will contain a chip which will automatically time them from the moment they pass through the start gate to the instant they cross the finish line.

The fun run is a three-mile (5,000 metres) course, incorporating the first 1.5 mile and last mile of the marathon route (connected by a 0.6 mile stretch of White House Lane). It is open to all over 12-years-old.

To register and for more information go to