A policeman has started pounding the streets, but not because is he chasing criminals.
Pc Rob Clothier has begun training for this year’s Great North Run and will be raising money for the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade.
The 30-year-old is preparing to take part in the event on September 15 for the third time, raising money for a different charity on each occasion.
Pc Clothier, who is part of the North Shields Neighbourhood Policing Team after spending four years as a Tynemouth neighbourhood policing officer, is hoping to complete the 13-miles in under two-and-a-half hours.
He said: “After working within Tynemouth over the previous four years I have experienced first hand the valuable work the brigade’s costal rescue team carry out.
“I have built up a strong relationship with the team and I’m proud to be able to support them in their never-ending fundraising efforts.
“As a charity funded entirely by voluntary contributions I know they rely on regular support in order to continue to help save lives on the coastline and I’m happy to help the brigade achieve this.”
Pc Clothier is aiming to raise more than £300 for the brigade, who much raise more than £20,000 a year to support and equip their coastal rescue team and maintain their Watch House Museum.
TVLB captain Peter Lilley said: “In the next few years we expect to replace our rescue Land Rover, which will cost in excess of £30,000, while we may also have to part-fund a major restoration of our Watch House.”
Donations to Pc Clothier can be made via www.tvlb.org