Two police officers from Northamptonshire have completed a gruelling 180-mile bike ride to help raise money for charity that helps care for families following the death of a policeman on duty.
PCs Rob Stevens and Neil Cowley took part in the UK Policy Unity Tour last week, cycling from London, across six counties to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The annual ride takes place to raise money for the Care of Police Survivors, which is dedicated to helping families affected by the death of an officer on duty.
PC Stevens said: “We completed the ride over three days, the first was from London to Milton Keynes and second was from Milton Keynes to Tamworth. The final day was just 10 miles to the arboretum.
“The weather on the first day was awful, we were cycling in constant rain and it was very cold and windy.
“It made the ride a lot more challenging. Thankfully the second day was much easier.
“It was really emotional when we finished the ride, there were lines of police officers and cadets with the families of fallen officers.”
The pair began the ride in London, joining other cyclists from across the country at the National Police Memorial at the corner of The Mall and Horse Guards.
The memorial contains the names of about 1,600 officers killed on duty and the aim of the event is to raise awareness of this.
On the second day they stopped in Towcester where Inspector Jon Lloyd and his colleagues provided refreshments.
Other riders from London, South Wales, Police Scotland and other forces from across the country took part in the ride, all completing 180 miles from different start points.
PC Stevens said: “It was a great experience and something I’d really like to do again.”
So far the pair have raised £1,755.
For more information about the charity, visit www.ukcops.org
To sponsor the officers visit www.justgiving.com/Roberto-Stevens2/