A FIREMAN hopes to avoid hitting the wall as he takes on a physical feat this weekend.
Stuart Errington, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service’s director of community protection, will run the length of Hadrian’s Wall tomorrow.
He hopes to complete the 69-mile course in fewer than 15 hours and will be joined by colleagues who will run with him for sections of the route.
The 41-year-old from Belmont, in Durham, will taken on the challenge with schoolfriend Alan Armstrong.
Between them they will raise funds for the Fire Fighters’ Charity, which Stuart chose in honour of Dave Harkin, a Durham firefighter who worked alongside Stuart and died of cancer in December 2005, aged 36.
They will also donate to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle.
The ward has cared for Aaron, Alan and 43-year-old wife Elaine’s son, after he was born in November with a rare genetic problem.
More than £5,300 has been raised to date, which includes £1,000 through an event at Soccarena organised by Stuart’s son Alex, nine.
Stuart and Alan, 41, who lives in Rowlands Gill, also boosted their total with donations from shoppers in Durham as they put in one of their last training sessions on a treadmill.
Stuart, who is married to Julia, 40, and also dad to Millie, 15, said: “It’s a long way. We just need to take it easy and at a steady pace.
“Dave was a big ambassador for the Fire Fighters’ Charity. If he had been here he would have been among the support team, there’s no doubt about it.
“We’ve had fantastic support.”
Sponsorship can be donated via www.justgiving.com/teams/Hadrians-Challenge.