Show of force to greet dedicated fundraisers
GRIMSBY firefighters answered the call of a team of dedicated fundraisers who needed somewhere to stay after completing the latest leg of their gruelling 3,000-mile trek around the coast of Britain.
The group of two cyclists, one hand cyclist and one runner, known as the Tour De Forces, have embarked on the arduous challenge to raise money for four armed forces charities.
And eight days after setting off from the start in Plymouth, the team, accompanied by their sports therapist and vehicle support driver, arrived in North East Lincolnshire looking forward to a well-deserved rest day.
After cycling and running from Kings Lynn on Saturday the group were greeted by firefighters at Peaks Lane station before being escorted to Cromwell Road, where they spent the next two nights.
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Firefighters laid a barbecue on for the hungry athletes and arranged a visit to the Deep in Hull on Sunday. The team also enjoyed a free carvery donated by the Hainton pub in Grimsby.
It all came about after the team issued a plea for accommodation in the area, with the mum of team leader Paul Shearsby phoning Cromwell Road Fire Station to see if they could help.
Steve Fuller, group manager at Humberside Fire And Rescue, said: "We had been tracking the Tour De Forces' website and the accomplishments of the team and when the call came for accommodation we were more than happy to help.
"I think the Tour De Forces team were humbled by the recognition and support from Humberside Fire And Rescue Service. However, it is Humberside Fire And Rescue Service that has been humbled by the team in their attempt to raise funds for the various charities."
One of the team members, ex-Royal Marine Mark Ormrod, lost both legs and his right arm in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2007.
Speaking after completing 40 miles in his specially adapted hand cycle, he said: "I took on this challenge because I wanted to see what else I was capable. In 2010 I took part in a charity event running across America.
Running on two prosthetic limbs was a lot harder than this, but it's still a challenge because I only have the one arm."
On Monday, the team left Grimsby for Hull on their way to Scarborough, from where they resumed their journey yesterday.
For more information visit http://tourdeforces.com