The blustery weather has brought down fence panels and I have had to lean at a ridiculous angle as I ran a couple of days this week. The weather has also prevented me getting out on the road bike but it means I have sweated it out on the gym’s Wattbike a few more times.
The daily routine, spending three hours completing the triathlons, is a grind so I have taken to learning Turkish while riding the gym bike. It doesn’t make it any easier – surprisingly, I go faster than I plan to.
But the run was again the hardest part on day 31. After changing from the extremely sweaty cycling gear, the legs were like heavy weights that took a huge amount of effort to pick up and place in front of each other. They lightened as each kilometre ticked by but it felt like an age had passed before I reached half way.
But another notch is made and I can see the one third milestone very close. I will for the first time look to how many are left, something I have stringently avoided until now. Just 69 to go, a number that now, with 31 achieved on 31 consecutive days so far, seems achievable.
The support from people I meet offsets the negativity that naturally comes with such a challenge. So I am grateful for everyone who has wished me well and donated so far.
We will build the memorial in 2019 and create a fitting tribute at the National Memorial Arboretum to police officers and staff who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the rest of us.
On November 30, I paid tribute to those who died on this day. They are:
1850 – Police Constable Robert Bamborough – Essex County Constabulary
1882 – Police Constable Edward Walkling – Metropolitan Police
1893 – Chief Constable Peregrine Fellowes – Hampshire County Constabulary
1894 – Police Fireman Richard Sykes – Manchester City Police Fire Brigade
1920 – Temporary Cadet Cecil Guthrie – Royal Irish Constabulary
1920 – Police Constable James Malynn – Royal Irish Constabulary
1927 – Police Constable Leonard Wetherall – Regent’s Canal Dock Police
1940 – Acting Sergeant Stanley Shuff – Berkshire County Constabulary
1940 – War Reserve Constable Herbert Symes – Southampton County Borough Police
1976 – Police Constable George Taylor – Strathclyde Police
1990 – Police Constable Nicholas Sweeney – Metropolitan Police