|Dean Metcalf completes his 24-hour run at Molesworth this|
morning, accompanied by other runners including young Corey,
left, who ran for about 12 hours. Photo by Ngaire Glover
Dean's 24-hour run-a-thon around the Molesworth Recreation Ground finished at 10am. His laps of the recreation ground had covered 135km and raised about $5627 for the fire brigade.
Other runners joined Dean at various stages and a good group of supporters completed the last lap with him.
Colleagues from the Molesworth Fire Brigade kept score on a whiteboard outside their station as Dean completed each lap. A computer kept track of his progress and produced a graph showing how quickly each lap was completed. Great cheers and a burst of the fire truck siren heralded the successful completion of the run. Dean exceeded by 15km his aim to complete 120km.
|Olympian Anthony Edwards,|
left, ran two stints with Dean
Metcalf. Photo by Ngaire Glover.
"Corey was absolutely amazing," Dean said. "He not only ran 75km but barely seemed to break a sweat and he had never run more than 5km before," he said. Dean also paid tribute to fellow firefighter Paul Foley who co-ordinated the event and worked tirelessly on the fundraising.
Dean's inspiration to raise funds for important items including oxygen equipment comes from a smoke inhalation incident during this year's bushfires at Molesworth, when oxygen had to be provided by a visiting fire brigade.
Congratulations to Dean and all who supported his run this weekend. Molesworth displayed a great self-help spirit during the bushfires and has continued to do so in the months since.