Bobbies swap beat for trek

Tough: Rotherham police officers taking part in an endurance event for charity are Sgt Ray Powell, Sgt Craig Smith, PC Chris Glossop, Insp Nick Gaskell, PC Chris Priest, Chief Insp Nev Hamilton and Insp Ian Hill.
Tough: Rotherham police officers taking part in an endurance event for charity are Sgt Ray Powell, Sgt Craig Smith, PC Chris Glossop, Insp Nick Gaskell, PC Chris Priest, Chief Insp Nev Hamilton and Insp Ian Hill.

SEVEN South Yorkshire police officers are swapping their uniforms for 35lb backpacks when they take part in a military-style endurance exercise for charity.

The bobbies, who all work in Rotherham, are due to take part in a 10-mile cross country trek used by the Parachute Regiment as a selection exercise for wannabe recruits.

PCs Chris Glossop and Chris Priest, Sgts Ray Powell and Craig Smith, Insps Ian Hill and Nick Gaskell and Chf Insp Nev Hamilton have put themselves forward for the challenge to raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Insp Gaskell said: “We’re looking to gain as much sponsorship as possible for such a worthy cause.

“This event is going to be tough. We’ve been told that after three hours a minibus comes along the course to collect anyone who has not yet completed the challenge. If you don’t get on, you’re then on your own.

“No matter how long it takes, or what the weather is like, we’ve all agreed not to get on that bus and cross the finish line together as a team.”

n Visit www.justgiving.com/rotherhamofficers to sponsor the team.