FIREFIGHTER Brett Easterbrook has completed the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon and raised more than £1,500 for motor neurone disease.

At the same time, his colleagues at Buckfastleigh Fire Station took part in a sponsored walk around the town in support of Brett and his marathon run. 

The crew were weighed down in full firefighting apparatus, including breathing gear, for their walk and were themselves supported by the town. 

A spokesman said: ‘Wow what a town.

‘Thank you Buckfastleigh, you’re incredible. 

‘MND is a cruel and indiscriminate disease and with people like Brett motivated by friendship doing their bit then hopefully that day is a little bit closer.

‘We would like to say an absolutely massive thank you to every single one of you who supported us on our Hurry Up Brett challenge, from those of you who sponsored us personally, those who came out today and donated so generously while we were walking, those who so kindly supplied us with ice lollies and sports drinks and the amazing Globe Inn who provided us with unlimited cooled water and have themselves been raising money for Brett Easterbrook and the challenge.

‘We also want to put down our admiration and love for our team mate and friend Brett.’

Despite picking up an injury, Brett completed the marathon in 4 hours 39 minutes and 41 seconds.

His Buckfastleigh colleagues walked around the town for the same length of time. 

They raised £1,651.21 to add to Brett’s JustGiving total.

Brett’s efforts were also in memory of Buckfastleigh man Shawn Tubby who died from MND after being diagnosed with the disease aged 52. 

Rob Burrow was a rugby league player who was diagnosed with the incurable disease in 2019.