This is a quick post to promote the good – slightly crazy – work of fellow Walsall Officer PC Paul Swan who is entered into this year’s London Marathon and is hoping to run past the finish line and into the record books as the fastest person to complete the race wearing a costume. He is raising money for Cancer Research UK and had set a very modest donations target of £1000, which he has now exceeded but considering the scope of the challenge I don’t see why we couldn’t push that amount a little higher. Paul currently runs around a hundred miles a week (some LONG foot chases!) and was recently featured in the Express & Star, impressing their reporter with his commitment to training in readiness for the marathon. Paul’s in a better position to tell you about the attempt than I am so here’s what he has to say about it -
“I am a 48 year old serving Police Officer in the West Midlands and I am based at Walsall Police Station. I have run a number of Marathons and my PB is 2.29.54 and I ran 2.48.10 in last years London Marathon. During the past year both my wife and stepfather have been diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully my wife is on the road to a full recovery, but in my father’s case the outlook doesn’t look good at this stage. In order to raise some money and to raise the awareness of this terrible illness I have decided this year to run London, in full uniform which consists of the following:
Helmet, Shirt, Stab Vest, Trousers and also carrying Police issue baton and handcuffs.
This record attempt has been verified by the Guinness Book of records, Tracking ID 30823. The record stands at just under 5 hours, and I am looking to finish in approx 3hr 15 mins. My running number is 221 so if you happen to be in London on the 17th, please give me a cheer.
So please dig deep and donate now.
Any amount would be gratefully received and I know will be put to great use. Many thanks for all donations – Paul”
Donations can be made via Paul’s JustGiving site, http://www.justgiving.com/Paul-Swan1 and if you’re eligible for Gift Aid the Queen herself will boost your donation by round about 25%!