Falkirk firefighters get on their bikes

The firefighters are taking on the cycling challenge
The firefighters are taking on the cycling challenge
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Firefighters will be blazing a trail through the Emerald Isle this summer to raise cash for charity.

Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service personnel will be taking to their bikes in June for a herculean coast-to-coast cycle challenge around Ireland a bid to raise as much money as possible for the Firefighters Charity.

The firefighters, Chris Brown, Derek Colvine, Andy Durning, Liam Robertson and Ryan Young, from Larbert and Falkirk stations, aim to cover a total of 250 miles in just two days and then go right back on shift when their ride is over.

The charity cycle was the brainchild of Chris and Andy.

Chris said: “Andy and I both have family links with Ireland and we have talked for a while about doing a cycle around the country but have never had the opportunity to do it.

“Recently the guys on the shift were talking about taking on a challenge for charity and that’s when we decided to do the Irish Bike Challenge. The Firefighters Charity does a tremendous amount for firefighters and their families and the work it carries out is fantastic - Andy got such great support from them when he was ill.

“The charity relies on people raising money to allow it to carry out that work, so we want to try and raise as much as possible.”

The planned route will take the firefighters from Dublin in the south east, right up to Donegal in the north west - covering mountainous terrain on the way. From Donegal they will cycle through Northern Ireland to Belfast to complete their challenge.

Chris said: “All the guys in the team are keen and determined. They are fit and are really looking forward to it. We are also looking forward to forging links with our colleagues in Ireland, who will be cycling with us.”

Along the way, the cyclists will be followed by two support vans from Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service and a team of colleagues from Dublin Fire Brigade who will be cycling with them.

The team, who are hoping for some fine cycling weather, will be carrying out the Irish Bike Challenge on June 28 and 29.

You can log onto www.justgiving.com/Chris-Bown if you want to support their worthy endeavour.