One of David’s constituents, Aylesbury-based triathlete Paul Lander is to embark on 100 consecutive days of Olympic-distance triathlons in aid of the UK Police Memorial. The 55-year-old from Watermead aims to complete a 1,500m swim, a 40km bike ride and a 10km run every day for over three months, including Christmas Day.
The challenge is launched next Wednesday, 31st October at the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and National Police Chiefs’ Council Conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster.
Commenting on the biggest challenge of his life, Mr Lander, who is the Editor of the weekly journal Police Professional, said: “The UK Police Memorial is very dear to my heart. In 1984 when I was a serving police officer with West Yorkshire Police, one of my colleagues Sergeant John Speed was shot and killed outside Leeds Minster, whilst on duty, when he went to the aid of a colleague.
“His death had a profound impact on the whole city, and brought home how, every day, officers without hesitation step into danger to protect the rest of us.
“John was murdered on 31st October and I thought that it would be a fitting and personal tribute to him and his family to start my challenge on that day.”
The 100 Day challenge will see Mr Lander swim almost 100 miles, cycle for 2,500 miles and run for over 600 miles, mostly in and around Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
The Police Memorial Trust has so far raised over £3.5 million of a required £4.5 million to build a fitting tribute to the ultimate sacrifice made by over 4,000 police officers. A physical structure at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire will offer relatives, friends and colleagues a place to peacefully reflect and remember officers who died on duty. A digital memorial will allow anyone in the world to access details of officers killed and a Living Memorial will maintain the memorial forever and support relatives as and when needed.
To sponsor Paul please visit his Justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/paul-lander3
For updates on the challenge visit the website www.tri100.uk
And for further detail about the Memorial please visit www.ukpolicememorial.org