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Two of BTP's finest will swap the frontline for the start line when they take part in the London Marathon in April.

14 February, 2018

British Transport
Police Federation
February 14, 2018

Two of BTP's finest will swap the frontline for the start line when they take part in the London Marathon in April

DC Lee Parsons is running to raise money for the MS Society, after his wife was diagnosed with the condition. Sarah Parsons received her diagnosis when she was just 39 and has lived with the condition for four years.

Doncaster-based Lee aims to raise at least £1000 for the MS Society, a charity which funds research and support for people affected by multiple sclerosis.

Lining up alongside Lee will be fellow first-time marathon runner, PSCO India Flint, who is raising money in memory of much-loved colleague Dougie Ford.

Last September Dougie passed away suddenly aged just 56 years old after suffering a heart attack. India described him as "a wonderful man" who helped her a lot when she first began her career. She said: "His quick-witted, dry humour was always something that would brighten up a dull day and he was always there if you needed someone to talk to".

India hopes to raise at least £1750 for Heart Research UK, a charity which primarily funds medical research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.

Both Lee and India are training hard and planning to take part in half-marathons in the coming weeks.

Like many runners tackling a marathon for the first time Lee is excited but nervous - not least of all because he had a knee operation four years ago - but he is training hard. "I train three times a week at the minute, running between six and eight miles in the week and a longer run at the weekend, gradually increasing the distance" he said.

India said: "I feel my training is going really well. I'm currently running six days a week and vary my runs anywhere between 3 - 15 miles at the moment. I'm steadily increasing the mileage every week and will be running the Yeovil Half Marathon in preparation for the main event."

If you would like to support Lee by making a donation, please visit his official Virgin Money Giving sponsorship page.

If you would like to support India's marathon effort, please visit her Just Giving page.