Officers in training for healthy legacy

Sue Potts (left) and Alison Fairbrother from The Co-operative store on Higherfold Estate put officers from Leigh Police Station through their paces in preparation for Leigh's Legacy Event
Sue Potts (left) and Alison Fairbrother from The Co-operative store on Higherfold Estate put officers from Leigh Police Station through their paces in preparation for Leigh's Legacy Event

SEVEN police officers will swap their truncheons for trainers in a gruelling running challenge to raise cash for injured workers in the emergency services.

The team of bobbies, based at Leigh Police Station, are gearing themselves up for the Legacy 10k race at Leigh Sports Village.

The event, organised by Active Synergy and The Co-operative, will see more than 1,000 runners complete a 5km or 10km race for a host of good causes.

The officers are raising funds for PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation, a charity that supports members of the police force, ambulance and fire service who have been criminally injured while on duty.

PC Lawrence McDonald, who has organised the Leigh Police Station team, will be joined on the run by fellow PCs Dan Fish, Brandon Sidebottom and Michael Lawrenson, along with PCSOs Leigh Ballard, Jane Tymon and Steven Kirby.

Staff from The Co-operative store on Higherfold Estate, Leigh, have been helping to put the team through their paces before the event on Sunday, July 17.

The first Legacy Run in Leigh last year saw more than 700 people raise in excess of £10,000 for 53 charities.

Sue Potts, manager at The Co-operative store, said: “It’s been fantastic to meet the officers and we’re eager to see how they get on.”

The Legacy 10k race takes place at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday, July 17.

To take part or to volunteer on the day, go online at www.legacyevent.org or call 01942 265849