A plucky police special is donning fancy dress and running two miles a day to raise cash for a charity supporting officers injured in the line of duty.
Specials Sgt David Russell, of Boston, has taken on the challenge to run the daily distance, come rain or shine, for 125 days.
If that wasn’t a challenge enough – he is doing it in fancy dress – wearing costumes including a jester, a grandmother, a soldier and an ‘eighties dancer complete with leg warmers and a tutu.
“On the days I have dressed up I am getting some great reactions from people that pass me, with drivers pipping and people taking photos and waving,” said David, 37, who works at the White Hart Hotel.
The money he raises will go to the Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund.
PC Hughes was murdered, alongside colleague PC Fiona Bone, in a gun and grenade attack while responding to reports of a burglary in Manchester, in 2012.
“I have chosen to run for this charity because I have been volunteering with the police as a special sergeant in my spare time and have seen the bravery that police officers show every time they go on shift to keep the rest of us safe,” said David.
“The story of Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone was truly tragic and really got my attention. When one of my police friends said that they were doing this run and asked me to join in I jumped at the chance.
The challenge, which he began just before Christmas, initially proved to be a great one for David, who admits to having not been in the best physical shape a few months ago.
He said: “Until June last year I was really unfit and would be out of breath running up the street. But I kept pushing myself until I started to crave my next run.
“I am finding running every day is becoming difficult on my joints and muscles, but I am determined to complete this – and will keep going untill the very end.”
To sponsor David visit his Justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/David-Russell13/