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Police in Bakewell take on charity 'Iron Man' challenge

Posted on 11th July 2011
Bakewell Iron Man challenge

A team of ten off-duty police officers and PCSOs are to take on an Iron Man Triathlon Relay event to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Between them, a group of 10 officers will be covering a distance of just over 140 miles, split into three events, swimming, running and cycling on Sunday, July 24.

They will start their challenge at 7am, starting with a 2.5 mile swim at Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Bakewell Swimming Pool, off Granby Road before moving to a gazebo opposite the police station where there will be an opportunity to buy Help for Hero’s wristbands and donate into one of the twelve officially approved street collection boxes which will be dotted around the Bakewell town centre. The local Army cadets will be assisting us in this street collection.

The rest of the triathlon will be completed with a 112 mile cycle ride around a six mile route which will take the officers through the town, along the A619, to the top of 13 bends, returning via Hassop, Ashford Village and the A6 returning to the start at Bakewell. The 26 mile run will take place from Bakewell police station along a measured route around Bakewell Park. These three events will continue until the required mileage has been achieved on a relay system.

Help for Heroes is a national charity which aims to raise money to help provide practical and direct support to army, navy and air force personnel who have been injured in service.

People will also be able to buy Help the Heroes charity merchandise and Bakewell Army Cadets will be carrying out a street collection to help boost funds.

PC Kevin Lowe of the Tideswell Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team has helped to organise the event. He said: “I would encourage everyone to think about the men and women of our country who voluntarily have joined our armed forces and complete duties in various parts of the world on our behalf, enabling us to live our day to day in the UK in relative safety.

“Some of these men and women sadly don’t make it home or are injured in the course of our duties, and it is to those people that we are trying to help by taking on this team Iron Man challenge.”

Local agencies and businesses have also given their support to the fundraiser, with Derbyshire Dales District Council providing free use of the pool and lifeguards during the swim and Boots the Chemist have provided isotonic drinks for competitors.

AF Switchgear, in Huthwaite, has covered the cost of fluorescent yellow t-shirts, which were printed by Creation Studios in Darley Dale.

PC Lowe added: “I would like to say a big thank-you to the people who are supporting this event by either participating or providing support in whatever way.

“We would like to raise as much money as possible and if you want to lend your support to the charity you can come along and donate on the day visit our fundraising page on the website.”

To sponsor the team visit and search ‘Bakewell Police’.

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