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Air Force firefighter raises $13,000 for KidsCan charity by running Auckland half-marathon in full kit

An Auckland Airforce firefighter has raised almost $13,000 running the Auckland half-marathon decked out in full firefighting gear.

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The firefighter decided to up the ante and try to smash a world record, by doing it dressed in his full kit, in under three and a half hours. Source: 1 NEWS

Simon Trye completed the 21 kilometre race in under three and a half hours along with an extra 25 kilogrammes of breathing gear.

“I thought about it - thought ‘I need a bit of a challenge, and did the maths behind how fast I'd have to go and thought it might be achievable’,” he told 1 NEWS.

He had a support crew with him and had to change the breathing tank every three to four kilometres.

"Any firefighters out there will know you wear a BA (breathing apparatus) set for one wearing and it’s hard work - I've gotta do it for six back-to-back - so it is hard and it is hot and even during training you doubt yourself a little bit," he said. 

In the process he's raised nearly $13,000 for charity KidsCan.

“We started off with a goal of $1,000 bucks and it's kept going up and up and up - it's just been amazing all the support we've got from friends, family, people I don't know," Tyre said.