20 Oct

Firefighter Blazes Through Marathon Challenge

Stephen BurnsA firefighter from Glasgow has completed his challenge of running 11 marathons in 11 days – travelling from John O’Groats to Glasgow. Stephen Burns started the challenge on Monday 3 October and completed it on Thursday 13 October, raising funds for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

A group of supporters gathered in Glasgow’s George Square to greet Stephen as he crossed the finish line. The moment was captured on film – you can watch it here.

Stephen, who is a centre-back with Maryhill Black Star Amateur Football Club, explained why he took up the challenge: “I was looking for something new to do because this is my last year playing football. I watched a couple of programmes on the television featuring a chap called Sean Conway. He ran and swam the length of Britain. It inspired me to get out and go running. I thought if I am going to do this I may as well do it for a reason, and I couldn’t think of a better reason than the children’s hospital. That’s really how it all came about.”

After completing the challenge, the 33-year-old posted on Facebook to thank people for their donations: “An INCREDIBLE amount raised so far. Hoping to get round and collect a few more donations before sending the money off to Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity.”

To donate to Stephen's cause, visit Stephen’s Just Giving page.