Land’s End to John o’ Groats (and almost back again) for former firefighter

The firefighters at Bicester station for their 24-hour feat
The firefighters at Bicester station for their 24-hour feat

Firefighters ran, rowed and cycled almost twice the length of the UK in memory of a former colleague.

Bicester firefighter Terry Hankins passed away at Sobell House, Oxford, in April after a four-month fight with pancreatic cancer.

Terry Hankins PNL-141208-155752001

Terry Hankins PNL-141208-155752001

His former colleagues - with the help of Kidlington firefighters - took it in turns to cover the 1,619 mile distance in 24 hours to raise £2,105 for the hospice, without leaving the Sheep Street station.

Pete Mackay, a firefighter from Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service based at Bicester, took part in the event and worked with Terry for six years.

He said: “We are really grateful to all the public and friends who supported us.

“It’s been hard work and fun with highs and lows, but we are extremely pleased with the result.

“Cancer is something that affects all of us, and the loss of our colleague Terry spurred on the station to try to do something different to raise money for the hospice.”

Terry (pictured left) served at Bicester Fire Station for 22 years until he retired in 2003.

In his final year at the station, Terry cycled the famous 838 miles for charity so the team of 18 decided to use the same distance.

But they made such good progress by reaching the target after just 10-and-a-half hours, they were almost able to double the distance.

The team used static road bikes on turbo trainers, a rowing machine, a fixed bike and an exercise machine.

You can still contribute to the team’s collection here