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Running fireman kicks off Arena 10K challenge in Rochdale

17 September 2018

Aaron Parmar.

A firefighter from Rochdale is preparing for a gruelling charity challenge - running 22 10K races in memory of the 22 victims of last year's tragic Manchester Arena attack.

Aaron Parmar was a police officer at the arena on the night of the attack and witnessed the physical and emotional devastation caused. Since moving to the fire service, he's decided to show his support for the victims by running 220 kilometres (137 miles) beginning on Sunday, 7 October 2018 with the Williams BMW Rochdale 10K in his hometown.

Runners setting off at the Half Marathon.

'Coming from Rochdale, I wanted the first 10K to be in my hometown'

He's not fazed by the epic challenge and says his training is going well:

"Coming from Rochdale, I wanted the first 10K to be in my hometown, my preparation is going well and I'm confident I will be able to do all 22 races in under an hour each. I will be raising money for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund which is managed by the British Red Cross who did a fantastic job in supporting the victims and their families during that harrowing time and who continue to support them today".

Aaron, who works in Oldham, is aiming to complete all 22 races this year, and after Rochdale he'll be heading to Heaton Park and then the Wilmslow 10Ks.


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