She is used to fighting crime, but Det Chief Insp Sue Cawley is set to swap her police hat for running shoes to take part in the London Marathon.
It’s a daunting prospect for someone who doesn’t do much running, but Sue is determined to do it to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The former Blackpool-based detective’s inspiration comes from close friends and family who have been diagnosed with the condition.
She said: “If you’re not involved with multiple sclerosis, it’s not something you particularly know about. It’s not like cancer where everyone has some experience with it.
“The MS Society is doing a lot of work and research trying to find a cure. It’s such a good cause and that’s why I decided to go for the marathon.”
Sue, 48, said she had never even thought of doing the marathon before, and, while training has been going well, it has been tough in the cold weather.
She added: “It’s the worst time of year to train for anything. I’ve been going out since just after Christmas, and I’ve been trying to stick to a programme as much as I can.”
Sue has reached her 20-mile target and will save the final six mile push for the main event on April 21.
“I’m looking forward to it,” she said.
“I do like to jog, but I am not a runner so this is going to be a real achievement.
“I think it all came about because of the people I know with MS. If they can battle on with the disease, then I can do this. It’s something to inspire me to keep going.”
Sue, who now works in public protection for the whole of Lancashire, needs to raise £2,000 for the charity, and is half way towards her target. She has been supported by her police colleagues.
Sue added: “Obviously I work with a lot of agency partners, and I am asking for support from various people.
“I am truly grateful for any support anybody can give me.” n Sue has a web page for anyone who wishes to donate money, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/greatnorth
Local store is happy to help Sue’s mission
Det Chief Insp Cawley’s gruelling mission is being supported by a local convenience store.
Nisa, on Blackpool Road, in Carleton, has donated £200 towards her marathon target from its community charity service, Make a Difference Locally.
Anyone who buys Nisa Heritage brand goods are helping fund the service and manager Pardeep Purva decided Sue’s was a good cause to help.
He said: “It’s always nice to be able to do this and the MS Society is a good charity to be supporting.”
Sue said: “It’s really good to have Nisa on board. Not only have they given me this money, but they have put a sponsor form in the shop.
“It really does make all the difference and I am very grateful.”