A Rickmansworth policeman is running the London Marathon for a cause close to his heart.
Paul Archbold, from The Highlands, Rickmansworth, will be running the marathon on Sunday, April 28 in the hope of raising money for charity, Crimestoppers.
Crimestoppers is an independent charity that gives people the chance to speak up to stop crime, 100 per cent anonymously.
Paul said: “I’ve always wanted to do a marathon, and now I’m nearly 50, I’m 46, so if I don’t do it now, I know I never will.
“I could’ve chosen a few charities, there are so many great ones. But people don’t realise how amazing Crimestoppers are, and for me it hits close to home.”
Paul’s preparation is harder than most due to a police officer’s ever-changing work schedule. The 46-year-old explained: “I work one week of early starts, one of late starts and then one week of nights, then the cycle restarts.
“So it’s not easy to get into a running routine. I thought 9-5 would be easiest but even with that, you’re running in the dark and the cold. Especially over winter, it’s been really difficult.
“But I’m really determined and I’ve had incredible support from locals, and my friends and family, it’s actually really surprised me. I thought I’d only get around £500.”
Paul’s JustGiving page has reached £1,192 at the time of writing.
To sponsor Paul, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-archbold
For more information on Crimestoppers, visit crimestoppers-uk.org/