A sergeant from Lincolnshire Police says ‘every mile will be worth it’ as he prepares to run 48 miles in memory of the 48 people who lost their lives on Lincolnshire’s roads in 2022. Sergeant Mike Templeman, a response sergeant based in Gainsborough, will be running the laps around the Yarborough Leisure Centre on its 400m track on Sunday, November 19.
His aim is to highlight road safety messages and raise funds for the road safety charity, Brake and RoadPeace – the national charity for road crash victims. Lincolnshire Police said it is “incredibly proud” of Sergeant Templeman as he prepares for the run.
Sergeant 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 4 offences contribute to a lot of the needless deaths on our roads.
“These are 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.”
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.”
Sergeant Templeman will be running no fewer than 193 laps to complete his mission and Sunday, November 19 also marks the start of Road Safety Week, and World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
You can support Sergeant Templeman’s effort by:
- Put the date in your diary and cheer Sergeant Templeman on, and even run a lap 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