Ton-up Triathlete Reaches Finish Line For Police Memorial Fundraiser
8 February 2019 Local News
After completing 100 triathlons in 100 days and clocking up over 3,000 miles of swimming, cycling and running to raise money for a UK police memorial, Paul Lander has been welcomed at the finish line by Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable and other senior officers past and present.
Paul, 55, is the editor of Police Professional magazine and is raising money for the new UK Police Memorial to be built at the National Memorial Arboretum in Lichfield, Staffordshire. He has raised over £10,000 so far by completing triathlons across the country every day since October 31 and visiting memorials to commemorate officers and staff who have died or who were killed on duty.
On Thursday 7 February Paul completed his 100th and final triathlon, crossing the finish line at the Arboretum. Paul was welcomed at the finish line by UK Police Memorial trustee Chief Constable Gareth Morgan from Staffordshire Police and representatives of other forces. Fellow trustee and former Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde supported Paul by attending the swimming at Friary Grange Leisure Centre.
Paul, from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, has completed a 1,500m swim, a 40km bike ride and a 10km run every day for the last three months, including Christmas Day, in aid of the UK Police Memorial Fund. The immense effort without a day off to recover has taken its toll, with severe knee and calf pain, losing 10% of his body weight and soldiering on despite severe flu and colds in the latter parts of the three-month challenge.
Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said: “The commitment and dedication shown by Paul to complete this challenge is incredible and something many of us would not have the inner strength to complete.
“Police officers risk their lives every day in the service of their community and sadly on rare occasions the worst happens. Giving members of the public a chance to remember and honour fallen officers with a dedicated police memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum will be a fantastic legacy from Paul’s efforts.”
Paul said: “It is an honour to be able to come to Staffordshire and finish my challenge at the Arboretum where a fitting tribute to the courage and sacrifice of over 4,000 police officers and staff who have lost their lives protecting the rest of us will be built.
“The memorial will be a place where the whole police service can come to and reflect on the tragic loss of life in the line of duty.
“During the past 100 days I have been supported by the families, friends and colleagues of those who have sadly lost their lives while attempting to assist the public. It has brought home its impact on so many people, and I am pleased to have been able to do my bit to say ‘Thank you’ for your sacrifice and ensure they have a fitting memorial where they can peacefully remember and reflect their loved ones.”
Chair of Trustees of the Police Arboretum Memorial Trust, Sir Hugh Orde, said: “Paul needs to be commended for completing this huge challenge for our charity and he should feel justly proud for what he has achieved.
“Not only has his epic challenge raised a considerable amount of money, it has also raised awareness of the Memorial and the selfless acts of those officers and staff who have given their lives to keep us safe and protect us from harm.”
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