A BOBBY who responds to 999 calls will continue running to the assistance of worthy causes when he clocks off his police shift this weekend.
Sgt Richie Watts, a targeted patrol team officer who works in Chester and Ellesmere Port, tackles the Great North Run for the 17th time on Sunday (September 30).
Last year, the super fit sergeant completed the famous half-marathon in 1hr 39mins 46 secs, ranking him in the top 10%.
He’s keen to notch up similar success this year when he steps out in aid of Motor Neurone Disease Association.
He said: ‘I’m motivated to run for the charity by one my neighbours, who has the disease and has gone from being a fully active woman to being wheelchair bound within a couple of years.
‘Sufferers require round the clock support from their family and carers and the charity supports those who have the disease as well as researching its causes in an attempt to find a cure. Last year, I raised just under £1,500 for the charity and I’m hoping this year will be similarly successful.’
The Great North Run begins at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The finishing line is 13.1 miles away in South Shields.
Sgt Watts is hoping to shave off minutes from his completion time of last year and is aiming to complete the race in about 1hr 35mins.
He said: ‘I know from experience that the run is a tough one and there will no doubt be times when there’s temptation to give up but I know the thought of raising money for such a good cause will keep me going.
‘I really appreciate each and every penny which is pledged. I’d like to say a big thanks to everyone who has sponsored me so far.
‘Their money is going to an extremely worthy cause.’
People can make donations on line at http://www.justgiving.com/richiewatts, directly online via the Motor Neurone Disease Website or via post by sending to Sgt Richie Watts, Targeted Patrol Team, Blacon Police Station, Blacon Avenue, Blacon, Chester CH1 5BD.