Australian Firefighters Run Into London:

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MEDIA ALERT 



18 May 2008 (Australian time)

EVENT:

AUSTRALIAN FIREFIGHTERS RUN INTO LONDON:         

HISTORIC ANZAC COVE TO LONDON MEMORIAL RUN

When:

Sunday, 18 May -- 4pm London Time

Where:

Australian War Memorial Hyde Park

Contact:


Terry Kimpton 0419 311803

                                 Paul Richie:    0408  677647 / 0412 251264


Twenty-four Melbourne firefighters will run into Hyde Park Sunday (London time) to complete the

first-ever memorial charity run from Anzac Cove to London in memory of  soldiers who have lost

their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

The men began their 4000km run on Anzac Day at Anzac Cove, Turkey, and will finish at the Hyde

Park Australian War Memorial at 4pm Sunday (London Time).

“It is our hope that we can now complete the journey with a visit to Buckingham Palace and to meet

the Queen,” said one of the leaders of the run, Terry Kimpton, the Commander Operations of the

Melbourne Fire Brigade.

At the end of each day the men ‘stand to’ at 6pm for three minutes as a mark of respect to the

‘fallen soldiers’ and those who served during the Wars.

A number of the soldiers are descendents of WW1 servicemen and women, including Victoria Cross

and Military Medal winners who died at Anzac Cove and on the Western Front.

Terry Kimpton said he has been amazed and appreciative of the generosity of the European fire

services throughout their journey.

The firefighters will hold a special ceremony at the Hyde Park War Memorial.

The firefighters held other special services at Villers Bretonneux on Thursday and at the Arc De

Triumph in Paris on Friday.

The men will run the remaining 128km into London from Dover after arriving from Calais on the

ferry across the English Channel.

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