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Firefit at Sixways This Weekend

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Each mile rowed by the participating teams will count towards the FireFit Challenge, a national initiative aimed at encouraging both Fire Service staff and those in the wider community to get active and improve their health and fitness levels ahead of this summer's Olympic Games.

HWFRS is aiming to complete 5,250 miles in total during the course of its FireFit Challenge (the equivalent mileage the Olympic torch will travel from Beijing to London) and every mile rowed by the Worcester Warriors team and the two teams from HWFRS on Saturday afternoon will count towards this target.

Rowing machines will be set up outside the East Reception at Sixways ready for the challenge to start at 1pm, ahead of the Worcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs match due to kick off at 3pm.

Station Commander Phil Griffiths from HWFRS said: "People across Herefordshire and Worcestershire have been running, walking and cycling since the FireFit Challenge was launched last autumn, and we're looking forward to boosting our FireFit miles further with the rowing challenge this weekend."

He explained that three teams will participate – one team made up of firefighters from Droitwich, another team made up of officers based at Fire Service headquarters in Worcester and a third team of rugby players from Worcester Warriors.

He added: "While the principal aim of the day is to promote the FireFit Challenge and motivate others to get more active, we have three very competitive teams taking part and this is sure to prove entertaining!"

He said that spectators would have the chance to guess the combined mileage the three teams achieve on the day, and that there would also be an opportunity to speak to fire officers to get advice on fire safety or book a free Home Fire Safety Check.