Hampshire Cops On The Run Raise Thousands For Pudsey
Posted by Andy Goddard
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A team of Hampshire cops have raised more than £3,000 for Children in Need following a gruelling cross-channel challenge through Winchester.
The team battled through knee injuries, blisters, nausea and exhaustion to make the 123-mile journey which saw them cycling and running from Alencon Police Station in France, through Winchester and on to Basingstoke.
The challenge began on Thursday, November 13, when the team of six officers and support staff from Basingstoke, Winchester and Alton police stations, travelled to Alencon Police Station.
They then cycled from Alencon – Basingstoke’s twinned town – to the port of Caen – a distance of about 75 miles, through picturesque countryside, guided by colleagues from the Alecon police team.
They then boarded a ferry to Portsmouth where the fundraising continued with fellow passengers donating their spare change when they heard what the team was doing.
On Children in Need day itself they ran a total of 48 miles through torrential ran in Portsmouth, blazing sunshine in Winchester and then on to Basingstoke Police Station via a very long and repetitive A33.
They were cheered on by members of the public at various locations, who had come out to support them.
The event was featured on the force’s social media accounts – @HantsPolice and the official Hampshire Police Facebook page – which showed photos, videos and some live commentary on this force-wide challenge.
Officers from across the force supported the team throughout the challenge, providing cycle escorts and motorcycle officer PC Andy Hammans.
The Chief Constable Andy Marsh and Superintendent Dave Powell also took part in a leg of the journey between Winchester and Kings Worthy to show their support to the team.
Chief Inspector Steve Wallace joined the team at for the final leg of the journey along with the original #FedsOnPeds from Basingstoke Police Station.
Detective Constable Andy Panter says it was an amazing event to be part of:
“It was a tough challenge but the support of the team and from the general public on social media, really helped to get us through those dark moments.
“We were made to feel extremely welcome by the police in Alencon and got the opportunity to cycle through some beautiful countryside – and some tough hills!
“We’d like to thank Brittany Ferries, Alencon Police and our colleagues across Hampshire for their support over the two-day challenge.
“Their generosity has been overwhelming and we couldn’t have done it without them! We’d also like to thank each and every person who has donated, it’s really appreciated.”