Fire chief Tim Edwards gearing up for his run. Picture: Tony Jones.

There will be a special race for the  line when a West Norfolk fire chief takes part in this year’s Grand East Anglia Run.

Tim Edwards, West Norfolk’s Fire Service district manager, will take part in the Bespak sponsored race in King’s Lynn on Sunday, May 1.

He will don the race number 999 to represent the emergency services and raise money for a charity close to his heart.

Bespak GEAR organisers offered a free place to the emergency services in recognition of their work to support the event.

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Council cabinet member, said: “The work of the emergency services often goes unnoticed in events such as these, but we rely on their input.  We thought it would be a nice gesture to offer a free place, with the number 999, to those services as a way of really highlighting their involvement.

“Tim was the first person to respond and secured the place for the fire service.

King’s Lynn-based Mr Edwards has taken part in the GEAR twice before.

He said: “How could I resist running under the 999 number when offered?”

Mr Edwards will be raising money for the Firefighters’ Charity which supports members of the fire and rescue community.

“I know from first-hand experience how vital their work is.  Following an accident back in 1997, I accessed the Firefighters’ Charity. They supported my rehabilitation and helped me return to operational duties. They make a real difference.”

Mr Edwards said he put himself forward for the GEAR after having seen the fundraising efforts of firefighters countrywide.

He has a Justgiving page for sonsorship:

The 10k race will start at 10.45am in the Tuesday Market Place and the mini GEAR fun run will start at 10am.

Full entry details can be found online at