Banchory policeman Mark Robinson is gearing up for two new challenges this year after successfully completing a 10 day, 3500 miles solo motorcycle event for charity last year.
The ‘front line’ constable carried out the challenge for the Commando 999 charity, visiting all 51 UK Police Force HQ’s as well as Commando Memorials and 10 Downing Street, raising almost £3000.
Mark will now take on this year’s challenge on Thursday, May 16, when he will begin with a ride to the Scottish Police College for a well-deserved sleep before the event beings the next day.
On Friday the 17th, Mark will undertake another huge challenge, this time to raise funds for Care Of Police Survivors (the charity that helps the families of fallen officers who have died on duty) and will be met at the Scottish Police Memorial and the Police College in Tullialan, Fife.
The object for this solo challenge is to ride a loaned Kawasaki motorcycle (with the kind permission of Motorcycles Direct in Watford) from the college around the furthest most north, east, south and west points of the UK, as well as taking in the memorials in London and the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.
Mark will ride from Fife, spending the first night in Norfolk before riding to Lowestoft on the first day. He’ll then attend the memorial in Westminster and visit his sponsor in Watford before the long ride down the M4 to Bath for the next night.
The following days see similar hours and miles in the saddle before arriving home seven days later, riding an estimated 2500 miles in the process.
He told the Piper: “The charity, ‘Care Of Police Survivors,’ does an excellent job in helping survivors of fallen officers with the contact and care that extends for years.
‘‘The charity does a vast amount of fundraising by volunteers and only receives public attention when an officer is killed or dies on duty.
“You only have to cast your mind back to the two female officers murdered in Manchester last year and the charity name was spoken by tens of thousands of police officers and their families nationwide. Serving officers hope to never have the need to benefit from the charity but it is re assuring to know that C.O.P.S are there for us in times of need.”