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Officer's marathon effort in memory of former colleague

26 March, 2018

British Transport
Police Federation
March 26, 2018

Officer's marathon effort in memory of former colleague


The memory of a colleague who died in tragic circumstances is spurring a BTP Firearms officer on as he trains hard for the London Marathon.

Liam Harvey is running to raise money for police peer support charity Call 4 Backup, which was set up following the death of Essex officer Craig Pledger. Liam, who served with Essex Police before transferring to BTP in 2015, worked alongside Craig for several years.

The charity assists officers with issues affecting their wellbeing. "The money I raise will go to help officers in need across the country," Liam said.

He describes his training as going 'okay', explaining that it has been a challenge to fit it in around his shifts. He said: "There have been several issues - snow, flu and so on - but I have been training as often as I can doing both cardio and gym training. I go out before lates and after earlies to get the miles in."

This will be the first road race Liam has done, but it's the second event he has taken part in to raise money for Call4Backup; in 2015 he completed the 42km 'Oblivion' obstacle race. This marathon should be a walk in the park in comparison!

Liam is hoping to complete the course in under four hours. Your donations and words of encouragement will be gratefully received at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LiamHarvey or you can donate using your phone. Just text the word 'Liam26' followed by the amount in pounds (for example Liam26 £10) to 70070.