RUNNING: AN ELLESMERE Port bobby will pound a very different beat next month when he tackles his biggest challenge yet.
Community Action Team officer PC Rob Dalton is taking part in the London Marathon on April 23.
His entry comes after he joined forces with the Chester & District Lions, whose runners are this year raising cash for local young carers.
Rob said: 'The Lions were kind enough to give me one of their race places and I'm now in training to make sure I don't let them down.
'The young people who will benefit from the money the Lions' runners make really do deserve it.
'They manage to juggle the pressures of growing up with education and taking care of a parent or relative and that is a challenge greater than any sporting task.'
Chester man Rob is no stranger to physical fitness. He spent more than three years in the elite Parachute Regiment before becoming a police officer. He has also recently taken up triathlon training with a view to competing later this year.
He said: 'My fitness is pretty good but not at the level where I could easily run a marathon. 'I've spent the last few months doing lots of running, cycling and swimming to boost my levels and I'm currently running about 16 miles at a time.
'I'm confident I'll be able to go the full distance. The time it takes me to complete the race is another story.' Rob has already raised thousands of pounds for schools and hospices by completing the notorious Three Peaks Challenge in 24 hours with his police colleagues in 2005.
'Physical fitness is my main hobby and challenges such as the marathon enable people like me to put hobbies to good use by using them to raise cash for worthy causes.
'Not only do you get a personal sense of achievement, you get a really good feeling knowing you are helping others,' added Rob.
He needs to raise at least £800 and is grateful of any donation, no matter what the amount.
To donate, call him on 01244 612349, leaving your name, address and phone number, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org