Australian Firefighters Run Into London: Historic Anzac Cove To Londo

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         Australian Firefighters Run into London:  Historic ANZAC Cove to London Memorial Run

MELBOURNE, May 18 /Medianet International-AsiaNet/ --



When:      Sunday, 18 May -- 4pm London Time

Where:      Australian War Memorial Hyde Park

Contact:    Terry Kimpton +61 419 311803

                  Paul Richie      +61 408 677647 / + 61 412 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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For further information please contact:

Jessica Warne,

MFB Media and Corporate Communications

M:  +61 400 919 778 

Robert Masters

T:   +61 3 9941 3109

M:  +61 413 147 080

Maria Vampatella

T:   +61 3 9941 3158

M:  +61 421 112 216

SOURCE:   Metropolitan Fire Brigade

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