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Day 90-93 – three months down, one week to go

Apologies for the delayed updates but I am now doing triathlons in the evening which means I get to bed at midnight, so I no longer have the hour after breakfast to complete this task.

Also, with a wife having broken her wrist after falling over on the ice recently, nursing duties and a full-time job make it harder than ever to find the time.

However, rest assured I have completed an Olympic-distance triathlon every day since my last update. They have been done entirely indoors, pool swim followed by 40.2km on a Wattbike and then a 10km run on the treadmill.

I would like to say on Day 90 – a massive milestone so close to finishing – that I stayed up late, had a wild time and got completely drunk, but only part of that would be true. Finishing a triathlon at 10pm means by the time you have replenished your fuel, and I tend to eat quite a bit afterwards, it is way past midnight before you can climb into bed after digesting all the nutrition you need.

However, it was a great feeling of satisfaction to have reached this stage. I am pushing quite hard now, completing the swims in 29 minutes, bike ride in around 1 hour 8 minutes and the 10km run in just under 47 minutes.

Over the next three days I replicated these times but gradually slowing to 49 minutes run as the loss of fluids from completing the triathlon indoors takes its toll. The fact the gym’s air extraction system hasn’t been working does not help either.

However, running indoors at this time of night is now essential, we have a thick layer of snow on the ground that I hope disappears and warmer temperatures return as I am really missing running in the crisp sunshine.

I am now just one week away from finishing. I have seven left to do with plans now firmly in place for the final one to finish at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, where the fitting tribute to fallen police officers and staff will be built.

I am probably pushing too hard on each element as the risk of injury is ever-present and I would hate to have to stop at this late stage. The end goal is so close now, and it has developed to mean so much to complete the job. However, I never wanted to shuffle my way through the challenge. Even when injury or illness has struck, I have completed each one exerting myself as hard as possible, bearing in mind I have 99 others to do.

I am pretty lean, having burnt around 2,000 extra calories a day. I have lost around 6kg, which is a lot for someone who weighed just 72kg at the start. I was complimented on my stomach yesterday as being ripped – must be the first time that has happened since I was 17. And that is despite eating a third of a giant Christmas pudding every night, lots of cakes and vast amounts of other food, thankfully.

However, I am constantly asked if I am exhausted from the efforts and yes that is very much the case. The most recent illness, suffered since number 80, had a huge impact. And the joy of getting over it and returning to perform strongly, I am suddenly very achey and tired. But also elated to reach this stage. I have completed a triathlon every day for three months, having started on October 31. Now there is just one week to go. I must remember to focus on the reaching number 95, when I will have a mini-celebration, as I have tried to do every five days along the way. But I can’t help but think about that finish line.

It is also getting quite emotional, as I reflect on what it is all about. And the small number of families, friends and colleagues of officers and staff who have died I have met along the way are very prominent in my mind. The impact of the loss of a loved one, and the chasm that is left behind, needs to be highlighted, and time made to reflect and remember.

I have made a lot of time to reflect on this. As I swam, rode and ran, I have gradually become more determined to raise awareness among the public of the massive sacrifice made when officers and staff turn up for work and strive to help and protect us.

I urge anyone who can support the building of this memorial to do so now. It would be wonderful to see it begin construction soon, so we not only provide the peaceful space for loved ones to go to reflect and remember, but also for the whole country to say a huge ‘Thank you’ to the thousands of officers and staff who will put themselves in danger every single day.

You can donate here.

Over the past four days I have paid tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives while protecting us on these dates.

On January 28, they are:

1921 – Police Constable William Baseby – Metropolitan Police
1972 – Police Constable Raymond Carroll – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC
1917 – Police Constable Edward Greenoff KPM – Metropolitan Police
1989 – Police Constable Stephen Montgomery – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC
1921 – Police Constable Thomas Moyles – Royal Irish Constabulary
1928 – Police Constable Percy Oldacre – Staffordshire County Constabulary
1887 – Police Fireman Richard Richardson – Liverpool Police Fire Brigade
1929 – Police Constable Harry Stanton – Dudley County Borough Police
1932 – Police Constable George Whinn – London & North Eastern Railway Police

On January 29, they are:

1974 – Reserve Constable William Baggley – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC
1908 – Sergeant John Clark – Metropolitan Police
1887 – Sergeant Henry Coles – Devon County Constabulary
1921 – Temporary Constable Charles Engleden – Royal Irish Constabulary
1948 – Police Constable Patrick Fitzgerald – Metropolitan Police
1921 – Divisional Commissioner Philip Holmes – Royal Irish Constabulary
1968 – Assistant Chief Constable Ivor Jones QPM – Hertfordshire County Constabulary
1845 – County Inspector (Retd) John MacLeod – Irish Constabulary
1941 – Police Constable George Martyn – Metropolitan Police
1958 – Police Constable John Meredith – Bristol City Police
1842 – Police Constable Charles Nicholls – Metropolitan Police
1898 – Superintendent William Pullan – Leeds City Police
1979 – Police Constable John Roberts – Lancashire Constabulary
1964 – Police Constable John Rowe – West Riding of Yorkshire Constabulary
1979 – Detective Sergeant Ian Smith – Metropolitan Police
2005 – Police Constable Jonathan Speakman – Cheshire Constabulary
2008 – Sergeant Robert Walsham – Essex Police

On January 30, they are:

1928 – Sergeant Henry Ashton – Metropolitan Police
1921 – Police Constable Sydney Clarke – Royal Irish Constabulary
1928 – Police Constable Arthur Fletcher – Staffordshire County Constabulary
1921 – Sergeant Peter McArdle – Royal Irish Constabulary
1921 – Police Constable – Terrence Sweeney – Royal Irish Constabulary

And, on January 31, they are:

1984 – Police Constable Thomas Bingham – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC
1991 – Police Constable Bernard Bull – Northumbria Police
1921 – District Inspector William Clarke – Royal Irish Constabulary
1822 – Sub-Constable Hugh Colligan – Peace Preservation Force, Ireland
1975 – Sergeant George Coulter – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC
1904 – Police Constable John Foley – Dublin Metropolitan Police
1914 – Police Constable Thomas Grundy – St Helens County Borough Police
1962 – Police Constable Denis James – Somerset County Constabulary
1936 – Police Constable James Mahoney – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC
2006 – Community Support Officer Adrian Martin – Metropolitan Police
1942 – War Reserve Constable Joseph Pickering – Liverpool City Police
1984 – Sergeant William Savage – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

Day 89 – focus on remembrance

Today was a case of getting to the gym earlier but for some reason I was again just as pressed to get the triathlon done in time before it closed.

However, very pleasing to feel I have a lot more energy – a quick swim, the cycle was done in a more rapid time of 1.08, and the run once again in less than 47 minutes.

All were done indoors as the weather is deteriorating badly but means I sweat much more and lose a lot of liquids and minerals.

I have also found it difficult to take in enough calories to fuel my efforts in the past week so I made a big effort to refuel after this one. And Lucy will be pleased to know the supplements she supplied are disappearing.

Just 11 more triathlons to go and receiving so many questions about ‘what then?’ My focus remains on the next milestone – number 90. And, as always, remembering those police officers and members of staff who died serving their communities every day.

Today I remembered the following who lost their lives protecting the rest of us on January 27:

1827 – Constable Thomas Warren – Belfast Borough Police

1940 – Special Constable Thomas Mills – River Tyne Police

1944 – Police Constable Walter Tralau – Metropolitan Police

1945 – War Reserve Constable Arthur Howell – Metropolitan Police

1945 – Police Constable William Sharp – Metropolitan Police

1945 – War Reserve Constable George Wrighton – Lincolnshire County Constabulary

1946 – Police Constable Wilfred Clarke – Gloucestershire County Constabulary

1956 – Police Constable John Newell – Leicestershire & Rutland Constabulary

1961 – Police Constable Norman Anderson – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1962 – Police Constable Ernest Southern – Lancashire County Constabulary

1964 – Police Constable Peter Child – Kent County Constabulary

1972 – Sergeant Peter Gilgunn – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1972 – Police Constable David Montgomery – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1977 – Detective Constable Patrick McNulty – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

I am completing 100 Olympic-distance triathlons in 100 days to raise money to build a fitting tribute to these and every police officer and staff member who has lost their lives serving their communities.

This superb physical, digital and living memorial will be created with the structure located at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Please donate whatever you can here. Thank you.

Day 88 – my effort for justice

I am not suspicious by nature but the crucial timing of this triathlon – the 13th to go to complete the 100 – will be a pleasure to pass without incident.

Again a late start and I will attempt to complete the remainder in the evenings. This takes careful planning though, not something I am known for. So by the time I was in the pool at almost 5.30 the alarm bells were ringing in my brain – the gym closes at 8 so I had to get a move on.

A 29 minute swim followed by quick transition to the bike and a 1 hour 10 minute bike ride left just 47 minutes to complete a 10km run. Those who have followed my efforts will know that my fastest on the challenge so far has been 46 minutes so after recent illnesses I was likely to be begging the staff to stay open for me. However, I slowly ratcheted up the speed of the treadmill and managed to dip under 47 minutes to finish bang on 8 o’clock.

While the threat of the triathlon being cut short was good motivation, it was such a pleasure to feel that I am returning to form after illness. After 88 triathlons, I can say I am pretty fit and could go much quicker if it was a one-off race. However, after feeling like I was dying on a number of occasions over the past week, it is absolutely wonderful to be strong again and hopefully put in a solid performance in the 12 that are left.

I am completing this massive challenge to raise funds to build a fitting tribute to the courage and sacrifice of police officers and staff. A stunning memorial will provide a place for family, friends, colleagues and the whole service to remember those who have paid the ultimate price to protect the rest of us. I intend to do justice to their sacrifice.

Seeing its construction at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire will also send a huge ‘Thank you’ to all officers and members of staff who willingly put their lives in danger to come to our assistance every single day.

Please help us get the campaign across the line by donating here.

Today I remembered and paid tribute to those who lost their lives protecting their communities on January 26. They include Detective Constable John Fordham whose death remains subject to one of the biggest injustices of all time.

The full list is:

1903 – Police Constable William Price – Staffordshire County Constabulary

1921 – Police Constable Michael Quinn – Royal Irish Constabulary

1939 – Police Constable Andrew Matthew – Aberdeen City Police

1921 – Police Constable Thomas Heffron – Royal Irish Constabulary

1941 – War Reserve Constable John Towers – Essex County Constabulary

1970 – Detective Constable Gordon Tallontire – Cumbria Constabulary

1974 – Reserve Constable John Rodgers – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1984 – Chief Superintendent Richard Beacock – Nottinghamshire Constabulary

1985 – Detective Constable John Fordham – Metropolitan Police

1992 – Police Constable Mark Woodhead – West Midlands Police

1998 – Police Constable Steven Stimpson – Humberside Police

Days 84 to 87 – switching to recover

After the trip to Lincolnshire, it was a long drive back as I struggled to get my blood pressure back to normal and replace all the minerals, energy and fluids I had lost, not only on Day 83 but also through the illness I have suffered over the previous few days.

A late night followed but I again had to be in the pool as soon as possible the following day as work doesn’t stop. Fortunately, colleagues have been great in stepping up to run the ship while I have been laid low by colds and travelling to triathlons.

Tuesday to Thursday was all about survival, feeling extremely light-headed as it has been difficult to recover from this latest illness. The triathlons have been completed in slightly slower than normal times.

On Thursday, I had a meeting in London and decided that if I switched the efforts to the evening I would be able to steal a few extra hours sleep and give myself the best chance to recover and still complete the triathlons on consecutive days.

At the meeting with Phil Kay, father of cyclist Emily Kay, I was presented with a GB vest containing all the signatures of the GB team, including Laura and Jason Kenny, Katie Archibald, Ethan Hayter and many more. That will be auctioned later to raise additional funds for the memorial.

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Me and Phil Kay with signed GB top

When I returned to Aylesbury I wasn’t banking on finding the pool closed (that’s the dangers of kiddie’s lessons in the afternoon and the occasional accident). An emergency detour was needed to find a pool I could use with Wattbikes and would be open long enough. Aquavale came to the rescue and I managed to complete the efforts in reasonable times, given the mode I was in.

Then on Friday it was back to the normal pool and another late start but this time no hiccups. Despite the constant coughing, I felt better than I have done for over a week. All the times were almost back to normal, with a run dipping a couple of seconds under the 50 minute mark, which was a major surprise.

I now only have 13 triathlons to go, less than two weeks to the finish, which seems extremely close. However, after succumbing to the latest illness and until I start the final one, I will not take any of them for granted.

With every one I will treasure the opportunity think of the families, friends and colleagues of police officers and staff who have died serving their communities. As a member of the public, I am so grateful for the sacrifice all officers and staff make when they turn up for work to protect the rest of us from all kinds of dangers.

On each day I have paid tribute to those who lost their lives doing exactly that. On January 22, they are:

1690 – Watchman John Pascall – London Night Watch

1851 – Police Constable Robert Hill – Somerset County Constabulary

1858 – Police Constable John Hart – Irish Constabulary

1891 – Superintendent Nathan Tobutt – East Sussex County Constabulary

1894 – Police Constable William Trusler – Hampshire County Constabulary

1903 – Sergeant John Leeson – Royal Irish Constabulary

1909 – Police Constable Martin Goldrick – Royal Irish Constabulary

1920 – Police Constable Luke Finnegan – Royal Irish Constabulary

1921 – Police Constable Robert Hegerty – Royal Irish Constabulary

1921 – Police Constable William Peers – Liverpool City Police

1921 – Police Constable Frederick Taylor – Royal Irish Constabulary

1944 – Special Constable John Beynon – Glamorganshire County Constabulary

1973 – Police Constable Samuel Hyndman – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1963 – Police Constable Arthur Wood – Northampton County Borough Police

1976 – Inspector George Bell – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1976 – Detective Constable Neville Cummings – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1978 – Police Constable Roland McGowan – Lancashire Constabulary

1990 – Inspector Mervyn Monteith – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

2009 – Police Constable James Drew – Hampshire Constabulary

On January 23, they are:

1864 – Police Constable Charles Pearce – Metropolitan Police

1866 – Police Constable William Fitzgerald – Metropolitan Police

1894 – Police Constable Charles Cartledge – Congleton Borough Police

1895 – Police Constable John Spence – Leeds City Police

1899 – Police Constable John Shirley – Metropolitan Police

1905 – Police Constable John Rolfe – Margate Borough Police

1909 – Police Constable William Tyler – Metropolitan Police

1911 – Police Constable Henry Perrett – Metropolitan Police

1921 – Sergeant John Kemp – Royal Irish Constabulary

1941 – Special Constable George Storrar – Fifeshire Constabulary

1953 – Police Constable John Currie – Motherwell & Wishaw Burgh Police

1989 – Police Constable John Forrest – Strathclyde Police

1993 – Police Constable Michael Ferguson – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

On January 24, they are:

1864 – Police Constable Daniel Langford – Metropolitan Police

1867 – Police Constable Thomas Brown – Liverpool City Police

1879 – Police Constable William Nazer – Metropolitan Police

1885 – Sergeant James Radford – Derby County Constabulary

1885 – Inspector Thomas Simmons – Essex County Constabulary

1937 – Sergeant William Ewen – Dunbartonshire Constabulary

1952 – Inspector William Findlater – Scottish North-Eastern Counties Constabulary

1960 – Police Constable Ronald Addison – Metropolitan Police

1971 – Detective Constable Peter Coulson – Teesside Constabulary

1989 – Police Constable Brian Lashmar – Metropolitan Police

1990 – Sergeant Malcolm Herd – Strathclyde Police

And on January 25, they are:

1822 – Watchman Richard Cooke – Wolverhampton Night Watch

1863 – Police Constable John Holland – Sheffield Borough Police

1867 – Police Constable Thomas Brown – Liverpool Borough Police

1889 – Police Constable John Graham – Gateshead County Borough Police

1897 – Police Fireman George O’Donoghue – Burnley Police Fire Brigade

1907 – Police Constable Albert Smith – Bradford City Police

1921 – Police Constable Frank Morris – Royal Irish Constabulary

1960 – Police Constable Walter McMillan – British Transport Commission Police

1988 – Police Constable Colin Gilmore – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1990 – Chief Inspector John Smith – Hampshire Constabulary

2002 – Detective Sergeant Ludwik Sowka – Nottinghamshire Police

Day 83 – well done Lincs!

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Beth Wilmot, Lee St Quinton, me, Bill Skelly and Sam Ward wearing our hard-earned medals

After just surviving the triathlon on Sunday, I made the steady journey to Lincoln with the aim of getting the best night’s rest ever so I would be able to participate as Chief Constable Bill Skelly and his force’s triathlon team planned to join me in my 83rd triathlon in 83 days.

A late start due to grabbing an extra 40 minutes sleep and stopping twice on the way meant it was 10pm when I checked into Charlotte House Hotel in Lincoln, and it was straight into a sumptuous bed. The alarm was set for 8am. If I could get ten hours sleep it would be amazing and give me a chance of completing the triathlon the next day.

At 1.30am I awoke in a lake, I have never known a cold to have made me sweat so much, and the heating was off and the room chilly. A quick shower and change of clothing before paracetamols would bring my temperature down close to normal. Sleep broken by bouts of coughing meant I was rested but not recovered from a difficult night.

Thankfully I was able to take my time before heading to the David Lloyd Leisure Centre just outside the city. There I met the team who were kindly taking part with me: Mr Skelly, Sam Ward, Lee St Quinton and Beth Wilmot, not to mention Sergeant Emma Ward, who had expertly organised the event.

ITV’s Calendar team (Primetime Media) were there to film our exploits so after interviews we got down to business. We used two lanes with the fit youngsters in one and Mr Skelly and I in the other. I set off steadily while Mr Skelly was obviously determined to set a fast time from the start. As the youngsters swam by my side I would attempt to keep pace but a coughing bout would remind me to ease off. I completed the swim in a reasonable 29 minutes, given my state I was very pleased.

It was then onto the indoor bikes. If anyone has not been into these facilities, the spin room at David Lloyd is something special, with a huge screen offering virtual classes. However, our ride was simply a case of five of us going all out to finish as soon as possible.

I was last on the bike after making a pit stop but managed to catch and level peg with Mr Skelly. Meanwhile, Lee finished his 40km ride in around 54 minutes, which was incredible. Five very sweaty bodies emerged onto the treadmills and pushed hard to complete the 10km, with Sam doing his utmost best to put us all off by making us laugh.

We were all hugely relieved to have completed the triathlon together, good times for all of us, a very impressive performance from Mr Skelly and his triathlon team, especially Lee. Thanks to Emma who presented us with medals made for the day.

And my challenge was to receive a huge financial boost when I was presented with £5,000 from Lincolnshire Police’s charitable funds – Mr Skelly is very keen to support staff wellbeing (he recently provided two extra wellbeing leave days), and wanted to make his own personal tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

And so were other chief officers, ACC Kerrin Wilson has been a huge support from the start of my challenge, and a big thank you to the police and crime commissioner, Marc Jones, for also coming along to support us in our effort.

Assistant Chief Officer Andrew White personally added to the funds and Motorola Solutions made a £500 donation to edge me extremely close to my overall target. Motorola is beginning a major transformation of command and control in the county, after already making a huge difference to mobile policing. I am so grateful for the company’s continued support.

It was a fabulous day, a huge motivation to complete the challenge and see the fitting tribute to fallen police officers and staff built at the National Memorial Arboretum in 2019.

As always, I paid tribute to the officers and staff who died on duty on this date in the past. On January 21, they are:

1737 – Watchman Charles Du Bois – City of Westminster, London

1821 Constable John Armstrong – Officer of the Worship Street Public Office, Middlesex

1847 – Police Constable William Crowley – Irish Constabulary

1850 – Police Constable Robert Stamford – Nottinghamshire County Constabulary

1867 – Police Constable John Chattey – Metropolitan Police

1900 – Police Constable Ernest Beckwith – Metropolitan Police

1915 – Special Constable George Fowler – Metropolitan Police

1919 – Police Constable James McDonnell – Royal Irish Constabulary

1919 – Police Constable Patrick O’Connell – Royal Irish Constabulary

1920 – Assistant Commander William Redmond – Dublin Metropolitan Police

1921 – Sergeant Henry Bloxham – Royal Irish Constabulary

1921 – Police Constable Thomas Johnston – Royal Irish Constabulary

1957 – Police Constable Ronald Chebsey – Shropshire County Constabulary

1981 – Reserve Constable James Stronge – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1991 – Reserve Constable (Retd) Thomas Stephenson – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1994 – Chief Inspector William Wright – Ministry of Defence Police

2002 – Police Constable John Palmer – Lincolnshire Police

2009 – Detective Constable Diane Donald – Strathclyde Police

2009 – Police Constable George Small – Metropolitan Police

2017 – Police Constable Paul Briggs – Merseyside Police

Day 81 & 82 – surviving to Lincoln

Apologies for the delay in posting updates over the last week, hopefully when they are live you will see why it has taken me so long.

After contracting the lurgy, Saturday and Sunday’s (January 19 and 20’s) triathlons were all about survival, as have been so many since.

I hadn’t expected to contract another illness so soon after the previous and this one hit me even harder. I made it through Saturday’s triathlon feeling like I had coped and with some confidence, gained from reaching this far and overcoming severe injuries and illnesses before, I felt that I would soon be on the mend.

However, I did not bank on how I felt on Sunday. I just managed the swim and after propping myself onto the Wattbike in the gym, felt like I was dying. That was, and remains, the most difficult cycle of the challenge so far.

The transition to run was extremely slow and I was buoyed by the support of those in the gym and a kind donation of an energy gel, before embarking outdoors. As my temperature soared, I managed to run out into the country. The first half of the run must have been the slowest yet. However, after retching into a hedge and heading back, I was joined by Sarah whose energy gave me such a lift.

As the sun shone on us it was difficult not to enjoy the run but it seemed to have consumed so much of my energy, by the end I was just about flaking out.

I was due to join Lincolnshire Police on Sunday evening ready for a triathlon on Monday. It was time for Sunday afternoon sleep so I had any chance of being on the start line.

As always, I paid tribute to the police officers and staff who lost their lives while serving on these days in the past.

On January 19, they are:

1945 – Police Constable Thomas Akrill – West Riding of Yorkshire Constabulary
1966 – Police Constable Anthony Allder – Mid-Anglia Constabulary
1930 – Police Constable William Arnold – West Riding of Yorkshire Constabulary
1893 – Police Constable William Baines – Plymouth Borough Police
1881 – Police Constable job Bennett – Leicester County Constabulary
1844 – Town Officer Thomas Corstorphin – Burntisland Burgh Police
1870 – Police Constable Charles Cox – Metropolitan Police
1863 – Police Constable William Davey – Metropolitan Police
1869 – Police Constable James Dovey – Worcestershire County Constabulary
1874 – Police Constable Michael Gunning – Royal Irish Constabulary
1922 – Police Constable Francis Hill – Royal Irish Constabulary
1954 – Police Constable John Hill – Lancashire County Constabulary
1913 – Police Constable Frederick Loom – Midland Railway Police
1955 – Chief Inspector Edmund Norris MC – Wiltshire Constabulary
1895 – Police Constable George Tye – Birmingham City Police

And on January 20, they are:

1919 – Police Constable James Campbell – Glasgow City Police
1968 – Sergeant Normand Cook – Pembrokeshire County Constabulary
1921 – Police Constable John Doogue – Royal Irish Constabulary
1921 – Police Constable Michael Moran – Royal Irish Constabulary
1921 – Sergeant Michael Mulloy – Royal Irish Constabulary
1921 – District Inspector Tobias O’Sullivan – Royal Irish Constabulary
1913 – Police Constable John Smith – City of London Police
1921 – Police Constable William Smith – Royal Irish Constabulary
1915 – Police Constable William Williamson – Metropolitan Police

Day 80 – round 2 against the lurgy

The pressure was on today. Having to get a triathlon done and home again to prevent the wife doing anything that could cause any further damage to her broken wrist.

The earlier the start the more crowded the pool but everyone abided by good etiquette and allowed me to swim by when I caught them.

Then on to the bike and the cough that started the day before returned and made me feel a little dizzy. I was trying to push as hard as I could while recognising that I wasn’t feeling that well. Twenty miles into the cycle and I felt extremely faint but glad to be able to continue and finish the ride in an average time for the challenge.

Then it was on to the 10km run and it dawned on me that the lurgy had come back for another go. After I had overcome a very bad cold just a couple of weeks ago I didn’t expect to get another one before I finished the challenge. Again I tried balancing the need to get home quickly with not pushing too hard that I damage my chances of doing another triathlon the next day.

It took 51 minutes but I felt drained. I have overcome so much that at this point, having reached the 80 per cent milestone, I can not be beaten now. The rest of the day proved this is going to be a real fight. A temperature developed and the cough is now constant, including occasional retching.

Thankfully it is now the weekend and the chance for more sleep.

I am doing this challenge to raise money to build a fitting tribute to the sacrifice and courage of all police officers and staff. Today I remembered those who died on duty on January 18, they are:

1830 – Sub-Constable Thompson Morrison – Ulster Constabulary

1862 – Police Constable William Penny – Somerset County Constabulary

1873 – Police Constable George Grey – Northumberland County Constabulary

1877 – Police Constable Thomas Groomes – Metropolitan Police

1924 – Police Fireman Isaac Percival – Leeds Police Fire Brigade

1925 – Police Constable Albert Willits – Wolverhampton County Borough Police

1953 – Police Constable Charles Rogerson – River Tyne Police

1983 – Reserve Constable John Olphert – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC