WMP bobby turns marathon man for charity
A beat bobby has doubled up as ’marathon man’ after completing six of the world’s most renowned runs to collect cash for charity.
Wolverhampton cop Mark Foster has pounded the ground for more than 157 miles after taking on the gruelling challenge.
The 37-year-old recently finished the 123rd Boston Marathon and was the last leg of his pursuit to raise money for Young Minds, which offers mental health support to young people.
It comes after the Wednesfield neighbourhood officer had also competed in the London, Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago and New York marathons over the last six years.
Mark has now become just the 350th person in the UK to be awarded the Abbott World Marathon Majors medal.
He took up long distance running in 2011 and it has proved a valuable asset for his role as a PC.
He was inspired to raise money for the charity by running long distances in memory of his younger sister. He has raised £8,500 to date.
Mark said: "I have always enjoyed keeping active and the marathons, along with training for them, has certainly kept me on my toes.
"The priority has been collecting cash for such a very worthy cause and running in memory of a family member has helped inspire me to keep going when tiredness has crept in.
"I am grateful for all the support and donations I have received from friends, family, colleagues and members of the community.
“There are health and professional benefits to maintaining a good level of fitness; it was never about the running times, just crossing the lines.
"However it’s certainly important to work on fitness due to the nature of our job!"