Ultra marathon challenge: 48 miles - 48 fatalities
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It's just over a week to go till Sergeant Mike Templeman takes on the extreme challenge of running a 48 mile ultra marathon. His quest is in memory of the 48 people who lost their lives on Lincolnshire’s roads last year, with the aim of highlighting road safety messages and raising funds for the road safety charity Brake and RoadPeace - the national charity for road crash victims.
We would like to sincerely thank those who have generously donated to the chosen charities and those who have offered comments of support. Between the two charities, the total raised is sitting at over £2,000.
Sgt Templeman said: “I have been a police officer for 21 years and during that time I have seen first-hand the devastation road fatalities inflict on the families and friends of those who have died.
“I, like my colleagues, know that fatal 5 offences contribute to a lot of the needless deaths on our roads. These are carelessness, speed, mobile phones, seatbelts and drink/drug driving. If my challenge can help highlight these factors, that contribute towards so many fatal and serious injury collisions, then every mile will be worth it.”
Sgt Templeman, a response Sgt based in Gainsborough, will be running laps around Yarborough Leisure Centre on their 400m track. No fewer than 193 laps will see him complete his mission on Sunday 19 November – a significant date marking the start of Road Safety Week, and World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
Nick Simmons, CEO of RoadPeace, the national charity for road crash victims, said: "This challenge is just incredible and we cannot thank Sgt Templeman enough for his efforts to raise money for road crash victims and awareness about the harm caused by road crashes every day on our roads. We wish him lots of luck and will be cheering him on."
Ross Moorlock, Interim CEO of Brake, the road safety charity, said: “We’re all so grateful to Sgt Templeman for taking on this impressive challenge and raising funds and awareness for Road Safety Week. This campaign is all about standing up and taking action against road death and injuries, and we’re all behind Mike for every step and every lap.”
You can support Sgt Templeman’s effort in a number of ways.
Put the date in your diary and come along to cheer Sgt Templeman on (you can even run a lap or two with him!)
Make a donation to Brake and/or RoadPeace – as Sgt Templeman hopes to raise funds for both charities, there are two Just Giving pages (links below)
Follow, like and share on social media @LincsPolice and @SgtTempo #MikesRoadSafetyUltra