Preston firefighter dreams of athletics success

Athlete Anthony Ford
Athlete Anthony Ford
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A Preston firefighter who used to train with Olympic hero Mo Farrah is hoping to get his running dreams back on track.

Antony Ford, who competed for England as an 18-year-old and who saw his promising career curtailed by injury, can count gold medal winning star Mo among his former training partners.

Now he is stepping back on to the track to glory – and is appealing for help from in finally achieving his dream of competing in a major athletics championships.

Antony, 31, a crew manager for Lancashire Fire and Rescue in Fulwood, is hoping businesses will back his bid to compete in events such as the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 or the next Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Antony, of Blackpool, wants to use the money for kit in a bid to realise his dream after a sponsorship deal ended.

He said: “My hope is to make a major championships – whether it be the Commonwealth Games, European Championships or Olympics.

“I was with a backer and I’m hoping to get another sponsor, really.

“I need support to mainly fund things like kit.

“My aim is to compete in the 10,000m.”

As an 18-year-old, Antony ran for the England team and at university in America, where he met George Bush Snr.

He says he has the next three to four years to make a national squad – and competing alongside his one time training partner Mo Farah on the international stage.

He added: “When I was racing in America I got quite close to him in races, but his career has now taken off.

“He does a lot of his work over there now and the gap has widened between ourselves.”

Anyone interested in helping Antony should email him at antford83@gmail.com.