“I’m running to raise money to support child victims of crime.”

I’m a runner anyway – I haven’t started running because of the marathon. When I stopped smoking years ago I joined a running club, and haven’t looked back.

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The London Marathon on 28 April will be my eighth marathon but my first time running London – my first was Edinburgh and I absolutely hated it, I just wanted to finish and was determined to do better the next time! Continue reading

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It’s never too late to join

I became a police officer at the grand old age of 49. Some people were finishing their careers after serving 30 years, just as I was starting mine rupertcarlile– it’s never too late to join.

I wanted to be a police office since I was a kid but when I tried to sign up at 16, I was told I wasn’t tall enough, as you used to have to be over 6ft. I then went down a different career path studying theatre management at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and worked in theatres and opera houses across the world. I loved my job, but everytime I passed a police officer I felt jealous, that it was something I’d never done. One day I thought to myself do I want to finish my life having never tried it. I started the recruitment process, fully expecting to be rejected because of my age, but soon my dream became a reality and I’ve never looked back. Continue reading