Staffordshire Police take part in Children in Need charity triathlon

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Police officers and staff at Staffordshire Police put on their trainers to raise more than £3,500 for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal.

A total of 75 staff took part in the mini-triathlon, Let’s Tri For Pudsey, at police headquarters in Stafford.

Chief Constable Jane Sawyers and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold both took to the rowing machine to help raise cash for the annual appeal.

Volunteer Lucy Stone selling Pudsey-themed cakes

Volunteer Lucy Stone selling Pudsey-themed cake

There were 25 teams of three people signed up and the event ran from 8.15am until 5.10pm at the Weston Road site.

Chief Constable Jane Sawyers said: “Last year, officers and staff raised £4,300 and we are really excited this year to ‘tri’ and surpass that total.”

Each team of three has one rower, one cyclist and one runner, with each completing 15 minutes on their chosen machine.

The objective is to achieve the furthest combined distance.

Staff were able to make a £1 donation to place a pin on a map and guess how far around the Staffordshire county border the collective distance would get.

Customer service manager Alison Wright, who dressed up as a Mailroom Minions from the children’s film Despicable Me said: “On the map, we started at the village of Flash, the highest point in Staffordshire, and we are working our way around the border.

“We have even had the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue send a team to compete.”

Mailroom Minions

Mailroom Minions

The 41-year-old added: “Last year, we did a row across the county which only allowed one person at a time.

“But people are more interested this year because they can enter together.”

Police staff Catherine Hopkins, 27, jumped on the bike with her teammates Becky Dowd, running, and Tonya Higgins, rower.

Catherine said: “It is tougher than it looks.”

Alison Fulton, from the union UNISON, said: “I am a little nervous to do the running.

“I put our team’s names down and then had to convince them.”

Teammate Claire Bruus, said: “It is the taking part that counts.”

Lucy Stone, 35, volunteered to run the cake sale.

She said: “We have raised £200 on cakes and it is not even midday.

“It comes in waves – some teams are small but others come in with big crowds to cheer them on.”

See all our Children in Need pictures from this event:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/staffslive/sets/72157648878665900/

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