Police officers and staff from across the UK have raised thousands of pounds for good causes after swapping their uniforms for running kit to take part in this yearâ€™s London Marathon.
The officers and staff who took part in the 26 mile run came from numerous forces including Surrey, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Suffolk and The Grampians.
Seven members of Surrey Policeâ€™s ice hockey team, the Surrey Lions, have raised Â£7,600 so far towards a target of Â£20,000. All the cash will go to the Crimestoppers charity.
The seven ran as a team and finished the feat in five hours and 49 minutes.
A Surrey Police spokesperson told PoliceOracle.com: â€œThis was a great team achievement given that they ran in full ice hockey kit minus the skates.â€
Meanwhile Bedfordshire officer, DC Graham Williams, ran the marathon in memory of his grandfather who lost his sight while in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp during the Second World War.
Albert Bray (92) died in 2007 but the Royal National Institute for the Blind had offered him years of assistance, including technological equipment to improve the quality of his life.
DC Williams, based at the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, ran for the charity and raised around Â£1,500.
He said: â€œThe RNIB helped a great deal over the years and enabled him to live unassisted up until the last six months of his life.â€
Additionally, Suffolk Constabulary officer PC Nick Rush ran the Marathon on behalf of the Evelina Childrenâ€™s Hospital Appeal â€“ and managed to raise more than Â£2,500. In his first ever marathon, the Safer Neighbourhood Team officer, based in Ipswich, was inspired by his friendâ€™s five-year-old daughter who has been receiving care at Evelina Childrenâ€™s Hospital in London.
He said: â€œWhen a child is seriously ill it can be really distressing for the parents and I have personally seen my friend go through this. When he asked me to help support the charity that has done so much for him and his daughter, I was more than willing.â€
A mixture of officers and staff ran the marathon from Leicestershire Police for a variety of charities â€“ and each set individual time targets.
PC Dan Williamson, Sgt Ian Parker, an ex-officer and current Ops Planner Colin Brown and Catering Manager for the force, Phil Woods, clocked up 140 miles a week between them as they prepared for Sundayâ€™s event.
Three Scottish officers from Grampian Police also ran on behalf of childrenâ€™s charities – and needed a day off regular duty on April 23 to recover.
There is still an opportunity to support those mentioned above by donating through the various links below:
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire