CHESHIRE’S Best Police officers are preparing to lace up the running shoes to run 250 miles in memory of two female officers who were killed while on duty.
A ‘run to remember’ campaign has been set up to raise money for the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund. Other forces taking part include, Merseyside, Guildford, Kidlington, Avon and Somerset. So far Chester police officers have raised £300.
More than 100 police officers and staff from Cheshire are taking part. They will run two miles a day for 125 days to help reach their 400km Goal between now and April 4, where PC Hughes’s father, Bryn Hughes, is to depart to the North Pole Marathon to begin his marathon.
Earlier today, the individual marathons started from Winsford Police HQ with PC Hughes’s father, Bryn Hughes leading runners from Greater Manchester Police.
PC Dan Reynolds of Chester Outer Neighbourhood Policing Unit said:
“Officers from Cheshire were united as one in stating that no one would ever have wished for these cowardly murders to have occurred in the first place. However, if any good is to come from this tragedy then raising money for charity is a positive start.
There is a mixture of running ability, fitness levels and ages and for many, it will be a challenge. However, all will be spurred on by the memory of Nicola and will give it their best.
Each representative of Cheshire Constabulary hopes to raise a minimum of £100 which will all go towards the good causes supported by the charity.”
In September 2012 PC Nicola Hughes and her colleague and friend PC Fiona Bone were shot dead whilst responding to a burglary call in Manchester. Dale Cregan, 30, was given a life sentence in June for the murders of the two officers.
Anyone wishing to donate should visit the team’s Just Giving page.
For more information about the charity, click here.
Chester Intelligencer Reported Tabatha Lewis