Morley firefighter becomes Santa Claus for charity run

Firefighter Jez Hughes will be running the Leeds-Liverpool canal dressed as Father Christmas for charity on December 19. Will be accompanied by his friends Andy Askin and Nigel Bowden, who are cycling alongside him.
Firefighter Jez Hughes will be running the Leeds-Liverpool canal dressed as Father Christmas for charity on December 19. Will be accompanied by his friends Andy Askin and Nigel Bowden, who are cycling alongside him.

A firefighter is preparing to complete a mammoth run for charity this week, dressed as Father Christmas.

Jez Hughes, from Morley Fire Station, is running from Skipton Canal all the way to Leeds on Friday in aid of Forces charity Help for Heroes.

He will be joined by his two friends Nigel Bowden and Andy Askin, who will follow him closely on bikes across the 30 mile route. Not missing out on the seasonal fun themselves, they will be dressed as an elf and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer respectively.

Nigel himself raised £1,500 for Cancer Research back in the summer this year when he cycled the same route, although this time the weather conditions will be a little bit different.

Although the distance he will run exceeds that of a marathon, Jez is relishing the challenge and says he is looking forward to it.

He said: “It’s going to be good and I have trained very hard for it. I’m doing it because it’s the centenary year marking the start of World War One and Help for Heroes is a cause that’s close to all of our hearts.”

“I couldn’t do this without support. Andy and Nigel will be with me every step of the way on this endurance run and they will be keeping me supplied with water and energy gels as and when I need them.”

Jez will leave the basin at Skipton Canal at 10am and says he is hoping to reach the finishing post at the Royal Armouries car park in Leeds between 2.30pm and 3pm.

To make a donation towards Help for Heroes please visit www.bmycharity.com/JezHughes