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FireFit Challenge: The final push!

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The FireFit Challenge is a national initiative aimed at encouraging both Fire Service staff and those in the wider community to get more active ahead of this year's Olympic Games. Locally, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is aiming to complete 5,250 miles in total during the course of its FireFit Challenge, the equivalent mileage the Olympic torch would travel from Beijing to London.

Since the initiative was launched last autumn, people across the two counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire have been walking, running, rowing, cycling and participating in a range of other activities for FireFit, and with a FireFit Challenge at the Three Counties Show and a Dragon Boat Race in Worcester at the weekend, HWFRS's total FireFit mileage reached 4,478 miles, just over 85% of its 5,250 mile target.

This coming weekend will see the FireFit mileage boosted still further with an Olympic torch relay planned by staff, pupils and parents at Tenacres School in Redditch (Friday 22 June), a Paddle, Plod & Cycle planned at Pershore Riverside Youth Centre and a ladder climb at Pebworth Fire Station (both on Saturday 23 June), plus a Station Commander from HWFRS taking part in the Great North Swim for FireFit (between Friday 22 – Sunday 24 June).

Station Commander Phil Griffiths from HWFRS said: "It's just over a month now until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the events planned for this weekend will help us complete the final 772 miles we need to complete our FireFit Challenge ahead of this."

He confirmed that around £39,000 had been raised so far for charity as a result of the Service's FireFit Challenge and he encouraged people to pledge their support (at http://www.justgiving.com/teamHWFRS) for one of the final FireFit Challenges, when a team from HWFRS takes part in the Walk of Worcestershire on 1 July.