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Carrickfergus fire fighters set to run 10k road race in full kit for local boy Ollie

Fire Fighters from Carrickfergus Fire Station Gary Scott, Jeanna Robb, Cheryl Brownlee, Andy Doey

(L-R) Fire fighters from Carrickfergus Fire Station Gary Scott, Jeanna Robb, Cheryl Brownlee, Andy Doey are set to run the popular Storming the Castle 10K road race on 20th August in Carrickfergus in full fire kit to raise money for local boy Ollie Willis, suffering from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Pictured with Storming the Castle 10K Race Director Andy Smyth from Seapark AC.

Seapark AC is once again hosting the popular Storming the Castle 10k road race on Sunday 20th August 2023 in Carrickfergus.

Joining the hundreds of runners taking part will be four fire fighters from Carrickfergus Fire Station who will be taking on the extra ordeal of running the 10k route wearing their full fire kit weighing 15+kg to raise money for a local boy suffering from cancer.


Fire fighter Cheryl Brownlee explained why they were taking on this demanding challenge:

“Being a fire fighter is about more than just putting out fires and saving people, it’s about giving back to the local community and being a champion for good causes.


“We were really touched to hear local boy Ollie Willis’story and about the social media campaign #OlliesArmy. He is suffering from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, and we were moved to do something different to raise awareness of this disease and help raise vital funds to support Ollie and his family while he goes through thisintensive treatment."

Ollie Willis

Ollie Willis

Cheryl's colleague fire fighter Jeanna Robb added:

“While we have been involved in many fundraising initiatives, we have nevertried anything like this before and plan to run in our full fire kit which will be a big challenge. We will all display a distinct 999 Race Number so we really hope people will come out on the day to give us a cheer as we make our way round the course.

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Andy Smyth, Race Director from Seapark AC commented:

“These determined fire fighters will join the 800+ runners of all abilities from serious club runners to enthusiastic individuals gearing up to run this fast, flat 10K course.


“We know many of them will be running for good causes including representatives from our local charities Carrick Connect and CHILL (Carrick Hub Improving Lives Locally). We are delighted they have chosen STC10K and wish them all and indeed everyone running for good causes all the very best in their fundraising efforts.


“This event has become a real community effort and we are very grateful to all the individuals, businesses and organisations that are getting behind Seapark AC to make this a fantastic day out for all."


To register to take part:


Full race details are available at or Facebook Storming the Castle, #STC10K.


Race organisers are reminding everyone that there will be a lane closure on the main A2 Belfast Road (City Bound) on race day. Motorists should allow extra time for their journey if travelling between 1.30 and 3.30pm on Sun 20th August.

• The Route:

Storming the Castle route.

The picturesque 10K course starts at the Amphitheatre with runners making their way through the town to the Marine Gardens. They then follow the promenade along the Marine Highway and waterfront areas, overlooking the world class marina with views of Belfast Lough before finishing at the impressive 12th Century Norman Castle near Carrickfergus Town centre.

• On race day, there will also be a Kids fun run – Chase the Knight, and STC Junior Race organised by Mid and East Antrim Council.


• In Shaftesbury Park there will be post-race refreshments for all participating athletes, courtesy of Ownies Bar Bistro and Seapark AC as well as a range of family entertainment sponsored by Ownies.

Carrickfergus Fire Station Storm the Castle 10k event graphic


• The overall event is support by Mid and East Antrim Council.


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