Lanarkshire Police Sergeant fired up for his first London Marathon

Thursday 31 March 2016

A Lanarkshire Police Sergeant is set to tackle his first in London Marathon this year, to help fight crime in the UK.

Stuart Mitchell will run the world-famous 26.2-mile course in the capital on April 24th on behalf of Crimestoppers.

Victim of burglary

The 44-year-old, who has been a victim of burglary, says he’s seen the negative impact that crime can have and hopes to make a difference with his fundraising.

He said: “I work for the police and am well aware of the role that Crimestoppers plays in assisting bringing offenders to justice.

“I was also aware that they are possibly not the most high profile charity and may be overlooked which was another reason I chose to run for them.”

Since signing up for the run, Stuart, a Sergeant with Police Scotland, has put himself through a gruelling training regime – running between five and six times a week.

 Stuart Mitchell Marathon (3)

He said: “My training has been up and down as I have suffered a number of minor injuries.

“I am now up to running 20 miles. Fingers crossed there won’t be any more injuries.

“I did have the time ambition of breaking 3hrs 30 mins but this has now gone by the wayside as I’ve decided to just concentrate on getting round and staying injury free.”

Fundraising Target

Stuart’s goal is to raise £1600 for Crimestoppers and he’s holding a race night to help him achieve his target.

He said: “I have run a few marathons before so know what to expect but obviously London is a different kettle of fish and I am looking forward to it tremendously.

He added: “I will be personally disappointed in not achieving the personal time goal I had originally set for myself, but I will be immensely satisfied at finally running the London marathon.”

You can help Stuart reach his fundraising target here.