MORE than 100 Cheshire Police officers and staff are approaching the halfway point of their Run to Remember Challenge.
Since December 1 the Team Cheshire runners have been running a minimum of two miles a day in an aim to run 250 miles by April 4 to raise funds for the PC Nicola Hughes’ memorial fund.
PC Hughes was murdered alongside her college PC Fiona Bone in Manchester in September 2012.
Their killer, Dale Cregan, 30, was already on the run for the murders of father and son David and Mark Short when he killed the officers in a gun and grenade attack.
He was given a whole life sentence at Preston Crown Court.
The runners, who are each aiming to raise £100 for the fund, have already seen their fair share of injuries, wet and windy days and aching muscles but are on track to finish the challenge.
Some of the team have gone the extra mile and already completed the 250 miles, as they now aim to beat 625 miles in 125 days, or five miles per day.
One runner, PC Julia West, said: “The challenge has seen new friendships and new running groups established due to the strong support that has been shown by one and all to keep us going when it has got tough. Everyone has commented on how much their fitness has improved in such a short time which is an added benefit.”
Fellow runner PC Dan Reynolds said: “There have been some especially fun moments like the extremely wet and windy Santa dash at police headquarters in Winsford, the weekly Sunday themed runs – yes that is why you saw us dressed in tinsel, sunglasses and fluorescent pink.
“The fancy dress has also provided a boost to the sponsorship and morale, especially when I went out running in a pink tutu. I find it amazing that by the end of the challenge Team Cheshire will have run 25,000 miles and all the UK team will have run close to 500,000 miles.”
Each member of Cheshire Constabulary running in memory hopes to raise a minimum of £100 to go towards good causes supported by the charity.
You can donate at www.justgiving.com/Team-Cheshire or texting CRTR and your amount (eg. £5) to 70070.
You can follow their progress by following @TeamCheshireR2R or searching for the team on Facebook.
The main charity page can be found at www.pchughesnorthpolerun.co.uk.