Dozens of police officers will compete in this weekend’s inaugural Shrewsbury Marathon to raise funds for the charity set up in memory of Telford teenager Georgia Williams.
West Mercia Police’s deputy chief constable Simon Chesterman will lead a team of up to 27 colleagues round the gruelling course on Sunday to raise funds for the Georgia Williams Trust.
The Bobbies will wear a specially made blue running kit, in tribute to one of Georgia’s favourite colours, bearing a motif and photograph of the 17-year-old.
About 2,500 runners will take part in the event from 9am and the county police officers will complete either the full or half marathon with Georgia’s parents Steve and Lynnette due to cheer them on from the start line.
Inspector Richard Langton, chairman of the Georgia Williams Trust, said he had already completed three marathon events this year but was disappointed to be missing Sunday’s race due to a foot injury.
“I’m hoping to run the London Marathon next year and that will be my tribute to Georgia but we’ve got about 27 police officers on board to run on Sunday now – they’re all coming out of the woodwork and it should be a great day,” he said.
“We will all be wearing a blue running kit with a motif and photograph of Georgia in memory of her and it would be fantastic if people could look out for us and cheer the team on.”
Anyone who wishes to donate to Georgia’s fund can call the police’s non emergency 101 number and ask for Inspector Langton.