Fighfighter Dave is a marathon marvel

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A Leyland firefighter hot footed it along the 26.2-mile London Marathon course on Sunday - weighed down in full kit.

Dave McCarty has raised more than £2,000 for the Firefighters Charity from his gruelling exploits.

Dave, who serves at Leyland Fire Station, raised awareness and kick-started his fund raising by taking part in a training session at Sainsbury’s in Bamber Bridge.

He spent more than six hours running on a treadmill in his uniform to give a taster session of what was to come.

It was the first time Dave, 30, of Leyland, had entered the London Marathon.

On his return home, he popped into Leyland Fire Station to see his work colleagues, though he is only back on duty tomorrow.

Scott Nickson, crew manager at Leyland Fire Station, said yesterday: “We’re all really proud of him.

“He’s put a lot of dedication and training into it.”

He added: “He’s raised over £2,000 for the Firefighters Charity and it’s still going.

“He’s a bit sore this morning but he’s back in on Wednesday.”

This year’s London Marathon was officially the hottest on record.

More than 40,000 runners took to the streets of the capital as the temperature rose to 24C.