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Super-fit Force takes on 2012 London Marathon

Published: 19th April 2012 20:20

Police officers and police staff have been running hundreds of miles-a-week in preparation for the 2012 London Marathon on Sunday, April 22nd.

London Marathon 2012 runners from Leicestershire ConstabularyOver 140 miles per week: Left to Right - Phil Woods,
Sgt Ian Parker, PC Dan Williamson and Colin Brown
Four runners have clocked up 140 miles-a-week between them, as they trained ‘come rain or shine', for the 26.2 mile endurance event.      

Chief Constable Simon Cole, Chair of the Leicestershire Police Force Sports and Leisure Association, said:

"Every year, hundreds of officers nationwide take part in the London Marathon. It's great to see a group of our officers and staff committing their spare time to train and run again this year, raising funds for many worthwhile causes."

VITAL STATISTICS - PC Dan Williamson

Tom the Cat otherwise known as PC Dan Williamson of Wigston LPU is a neighbourhood beat officer for the Oadby area responsible for driving down crime and serving the local community. He is running his third marathon and first London Marathon to raise money for the NSPCC, having already collected £2,200 in sponsorship. He is proud to be running for the NSPCC; the money raised will go towards protecting those children most at risk of neglect and abuse.

VITAL STATISTICS - Colin Brown

Ex-police officer, Colin Brown, is part of the Operations Planning department at Force headquarters, responsible for the effective tactical preparation of police activity. He applied to run after watching the London Marathon on TV last year, and hasn't looked back. This is his first marathon, he was ‘over the moon' to receive an acceptance to run for his charity, the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Trust. He is hoping to raise £600, which will buy one e-flow nebuliser.

VITAL STATISTICS - Sgt Ian Parker

Sgt Ian Parker is the Deputy LPU Commander at Coalville Northwest LPU, responsible for the day to day activities of local police in the area tackling crime and antisocial behaviour. It is Ian's second London Marathon after getting the ‘marathon bug' last year. Known affectionately by the local community as ‘Nosey' Parker, he gets a great motivational lift from people shouting the slogan on his t-shirt which reads, ‘Come on Nosey!' He is running for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance. He is on track to reach his target of £500 to be raised for the charity*.

VITAL STATISTICS - Phil Woods

Phil Woods, Catering Manager for Leicestershire Police is responsible for providing nutritious meals for officers out of sites across the Force area. It is Phil's seventh London Marathon, having once said that he would only ever run three. He has raised over £18,000 for charity over the years and is hoping to raise another £1,000 this year. He is running for the HemiHelp charity this year, which supports children and young adults affected with stroke-like condition hemiplegia. His son George, 11, was diagnosed with hemiplegia as a toddler. The money he raises will help the charity set up a home-visit scheme.

  • Miles per week in training: 35 miles per week
  • Target Time: 3hours 20minutes
  • You can give by e-mailing: prwoods@live.co.uk

A number of other officers and staff are taking place in the London Marathon. All officers and staff train and will run in their own time.

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