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

3 April, 2018

British Transport
Police Federation
April 3, 2018

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

The runners

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 (pictured, seated).

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.

Firearms officer, Liam Harvey (pictured) is running the marathon 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 training

Lee, India and Liam are training hard. 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: "I have been training three times a week, 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."

Liam 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."

How you can support them

The three runners each have an online donation page, where you leave a message of encouragement as well as sponsoring them:

Lee is fundraising for the MS Society - visit his Virgin Money Giving sponsorship page

India is fundraising for Heart Research UK - visit her Just Giving page

Liam is fundraising for Call 4 Backup - visit his Virgin Money Giving page