Association Vice President Paul Griffiths is raising money for National Police Memorial Day by cycling to every police HQ in England and Wales.
Covering more than 2000 miles and aiming to raise £2000, Paul will be cycling three to four days per month and is inviting members and other colleagues and staff to join him along the route.
Here’s his latest blog after the fifth leg of his challenge which took him from the Humber through to Derbyshire:
Day 13 (22/5) – Humberside Police to Lincolnshire Police
It was a very early start and I was really grateful to Rich, a friend of decades, who kindly got me and my bike from Ripley to Hull by 9am!
The day started with meeting T/CC Lee Freeman of Humberside Police. It was great to catch up and wave me on my way as I started my journey to Lincoln.
The weather was good and before long I was crossing a rather windy Humber bridge to meet Ade Robinson of the Fire Officers’ Association. This was his second ride and I was really appreciative. He told me he had memorised the route, but I started to doubt his memory when we had to stop at several junctions and revert to sat nav at one point.
It was a steady incline for quite a while out of Hull and with the wind directly in our faces, I started to feel the pressure. Ade had a South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue cycling top on with a catch phrase “feel the burn”. Having been out of the saddle for several weeks I was, indeed, feeling the burn!
After a coffee and cake stop, we carried on cycling through wonderful countryside, still battling the wind but the gradient was a little kinder.
We finally arrived at Lincolnshire Headquarters to be met by their Corporate Communications team and a warm welcome from Judith Kent. It was a relief on many different levels!
Headquarters visited: 16/46
Hours cycling today: 4
Mikes covered today: 47 miles
Total miles so far: 794
Total time cycling: 78 hours
Day 14 (23/5) – Lincolnshire Police to Derbyshire Constabulary via Nottinghamshire Police
I woke in the morning to the dreadful news of the suicide terrorist attack in Manchester the previous night. My thoughts were with all those affected by this evil act. For breakfast, I met Paula Wood, recently retired Chief Supt from Lincolnshire Constabulary and member of our National Committee. It was lovely to see her again, but our meeting was naturally sombre.
By 8am I had to start my journey and headed out of Lincoln and followed the national cycle track along a canal and out into the countryside. The weather, terrain and views were superb for cycling.
After a few hours in the saddle, I arrived at Bilsthorpe to meet Jackie Alexander – a Nottinghamshire Superintendent, currently on secondment to the College of Policing.
Despite only recently recovering from a back operation, she wanted to cycle the last 10 miles to her Force Headquarters. She showed me her vintage 1989 Raleigh bike which looked like it was vintage in 1989!
We set off along quite busy A-roads, but before long entered quieter roads within Sherwood Forest.
Before we knew it, and probably because of all the chatting, we had arrived at Nottinghamshire HQ. We had a great reception from Richard Fretwell, CC Craig Guildford and DCC Rachel Barber.
I met Rachel as an ACC in SYP, and now as DCC in Notts, so I am expecting CC level by the time I reach the south coast!
I was soon back in the saddle and cycling the 13 miles to Derbyshire headquarters. The weather remained glorious and despite a few detours around road closures, I reached my destination. I was greeted by Simon and Steve from Derbyshire Branch which was a really nice surprise and I was grateful for their hospitality.
Headquarters visited: 18/46
Hours cycling today: 4
Mikes covered today: 50 miles
Total miles so far: 844
Total time cycling: 82 hours
National Police Memorial Day will be held in Cardiff on Sunday 24th September 2017 in memory of fallen officers.
Paul has so far raised £1190 and you can donate to his cause at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PaulGriffithsPSAEW
You can follow his journey on Twitter @griffindares and keep checking the website for more blogs as his journey continues.
The road ahead…
Paul will be in touch with Branch Chairs and Secretaries before each section.
Day 15 (2/6) – Derbyshire Constabulary to Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Police
Day 16 (3/6) – West Midlands Police to West Mercia Police
Day 17 (19/6) – Isle of Man – TT Route
Day 18 (22/6) – West Mercia Police to Warwickshire Police and Leicestershire Police
Day 19 (23/6) – Leicestershire Police to Northamptonshire Police to Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Day 20 (24/6) – Cambridgeshire Constabulary to Norfolk Constabulary
Day 21 (25/6) – Norfolk Constabulary to Suffolk Constabulary
Day 22 (26/6) – Suffolk Constabulary to Essex Police
Day 23 (13/7) – Essex Police to Hertfordshire Constabulary to Bedfordshire Police
Day 24 (14/7) – Bedfordshire Police to Thames Valley Police to Civil Nuclear Constabulary to Pangbourne
Day 25 (16/7) – Pangbourne to British Transport Police London
Day 26 (31/7) – London: British Transport Police, City of London Police, College of Policing, Metropolitan Police Service, NPCC and Home Office to Kent Police
Day 27 (1/8) – Kent Police to Sussex Police to PFEW Leatherhead
Day 28 (16/8) – PFEW to Surrey Police to Hampshire Constabulary
Day 29 (17/8) – Hampshire Constabulary to Wiltshire Police
Day 30 (25/8) – Wiltshire Police to Dorset Police
Day 31 (26/8) – Dorset Police to Devon and Cornwall Police
Day 32 (8/9) – Devon and Cornwall Police to Avon and Somerset Police
Day 33 (15/9) – Avon and Somerset Police to Gloucestershire Constabulary
Day 34 (17/9) – Gloucestershire Constabulary to Gwent Police
Day 35 (23/9) – Gwent Police to Cardiff