Police take on challenge for cancer charity

GOOD JOB The Hampshire Constabulary team who took part in the Hell Runner Challenge
GOOD JOB The Hampshire Constabulary team who took part in the Hell Runner Challenge
Sgt Richard Holland outside Portsmouth Central station.

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THEY’RE used to chasing criminals but this team of police officers took on a different kind of challenge to raise money for charity.

Twenty of them, including firearms officers, detectives and police community support officers, took part in the Hell Runner Challenge along with 16 of their friends from outside the force.

The event saw the team complete a punishing 11.5-mile course consisting of freezing water, neck-deep stinking bogs, steep scrambles and gruelling sand dunes at the Longmoor army camp near Liphook.

Detective Constable Chris Dinenage, who organised the team, said: ‘It was brutal. It’s the hardest thing I have ever done but it’s well worth it for the cause.

‘It was horrendous with the amount of water, bogs and hills but it was good fun as well.’

Last year the team, which was sponsored by Portsmouth-based firm Wiggle, raised £3,000 for the Smile4Wessex charity, which raises money for the Wessex Neurological Centre, after a relative of Det Con Dinenage’s suffered a sudden brain trauma.

She has now made a full recovery.

This year they chose The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation after a friend of the officer’s, Bill Padbury, lost his father to lung cancer. So far they have raised £1,500.

Det Con Dinenage, who is based at Fratton police station, said: ‘It’s good to work as a team and we’ll definitely be doing it next year.

‘It’s a really good event.’

Mr Padbury, 34, of Havant, said: ‘By completing Hell Runner and raising money for Roy Castle Lung Cancer it gives me a chance to help other cancer sufferers and their families who are, or will, be going through what we had to.

‘These guys do an amazing job raising money for research, support and awareness of lung cancer.’

To donate to the group go to virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=billypadbury