Seven local coppers are putting their fitness to the ultimate test by taking part in an extreme endurance event - all in the name of charity.
On Sunday 11th September the officers will travel to Catterick in North Yorkshire for the gruelling P Company Challenge.
The team will face a ten-mile cross-country trek, following the route of the Parachute Regiment’s selection test, carrying a 35lb rucksack, excluding their food and water.
They will be expected to complete the challenge wearing long trousers and military style boots, no matter how hot the weather is.
And there is not even an opportunity to cheat as rucksacks are weighed before and after the race, in case anyone is tempted to lighten their load along the way.
The officers taking part are PCs Chris Glossop and Chris Priest, Sergeants Ray Powell and Craig Smith, Inspectors Ian Hill and Nick Gaskell and Chief Inspector Nev Hamilton.
Insp Nick Gaskell, who is based at Maltby Police Station, said: “We’re raising money for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and are looking to gain as much sponsorship as possible for such a worthy cause.”
“This event is going to be tough. We’ve been told that after three hours a mini-bus comes along the course to collect anyone who has not yet completed the challenge. If you don’t get on, you’re then on your own.”
“No matter how long it takes, or what the weather is like, we’ve all agreed not to get on that bus and cross the finish line together as a team.”
To sponsor the officers, visit their fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/rotherhamofficers.