Friday 14th October 2011
Police officer Paul Swan is to to run a half marathon in aid of Cancer Research UK after his wife and father were both diagnosed with the illness.
The Walsall police constable will run the 13.1-mile Bupa Great Birmingham Run as number 999 while dressed in full uniform.
He will be joined by police community support officer Munmohan Sahota.
Pc Swan has already raised about £1,500 for Cancer Research UK and says fundraising has "changed his life".
He said: "As members of the police family, we are more used to chasing criminals than prestigious race titles, but that's exactly what Munmohan and I will be doing.
"Since raising funds through running, the whole thing has really changed my outlook on life. Total strangers have come up to me on the street to shake my hand and offer encouragement.
"One woman whose husband was terminally ill with the illness donated just £1 saying that it was all she could afford but she just wanted to give something."
PCSO Sahota will be running in aid of Acorns Children's Hospice.
Other officers taking part include Sergeant Mark Robinson, Pc Vince Cope and Pc Andrew Mitcham who are raising funds for the Alzheimer's Society, Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Epilepsy Society and Diabetes UK.