Northamptonshire Police officers lace up running shoes in memory of murdered colleague

Pc Fiona Bone and Pc Nicola Hughes (right). Picture:Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire
Pc Fiona Bone and Pc Nicola Hughes (right). Picture:Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire

A team of officers from Northamptonshire Police have run thousands of miles in memory of a colleague who was murdered in Manchester.

The group of 37 runners signed up to take part in Run to Remember, an event held in memory of Manchester police officer Nicola Hughes, who was killed by Dale Cregan while she was on duty in September 2012.

Instead of taking part in one mass run, each officer must complete at least two miles a day until April 4.

After starting the challenge at the beginning of December, the Northamptonshire team have so far completed more than 5,000 miles.

Pc Alan Dyer said: “Originally the Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund asked for 10 officers from each force across the country to take part. But the idea really caught on here in Northamptonshire, so there are 37 of us taking part.

“Our different shift patterns mean we won’t all be doing our running at the same time, but we’re trying to get together as many of the team as we can once a week, to do the two miles together to keep our spirits up.”

Money raised from the runs will be split between the North West Police Benevolent Fund, Care of Police Survivors, and Victim Support.

Anyone who would like to help Alan and his colleagues can donate by clicking here or texting ARAR73 followed by the amount they wish to donate to 70070.

PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone were killed in Tameside on September 18, 2012.

Cregan, who was already wanted by police for the killings of father and son David and Mark Short, had dialled 999 and when the two officers arrived on the scene, he shot them with a handgun.

He was jailed for life in June last year.