Officers and Staff Participate in World Record Attempt

Cleveland Police officers and staff have played their part in attempting a record-breaking challenge to complete 401 marathons in 401 consecutive days.


Marathon-runner Ben Smith started his epic world record attempt on 1st September 2015, even selling his home to fund his quest to raise £250,000 for Stonewall and Kidscape, two charities that tackle bullying amongst children.

Yesterday, Wednesday 24th February, the 177th leg of his challenge took part in Middlesbrough and six officers and staff from Cleveland Police joined him in completing a marathon, or 26 miles, around the town.

Police staff member Kerri Muldowney, Detective Sergeant Jon Tapper, Sergeant Rob Jones and Detective Constable Ioana Leigh-Jones, Detention Officer Deborah Birkett and Sergeant Matt Smith all participated in this stretch of the world record attempt to raise awareness of tackling bullying and hate crime.

DC Ioana Leigh-Jones said: “This is a fantastic way for us to raise awareness against bullying and hate crime and it’s a great way to bring people from the community together for a good cause whilst keeping fit and challenging ourselves.”

Pupils from Acklam Whin Primary, Captain Cooks, Chandlers Ridge and Nunthorpe Primary Schools participated and lined Guisborough Road to cheer and support the runners.

The run started at Middlesbrough Town Hall at around 9:30am and travelled through key locations in the town including The Riverside Stadium, the Transporter Bridge and Teesside University. Each of the runners had breaks at set destinations on the route and could run at their own pace for as many miles as they wanted.

Four out of the six Cleveland Police runners, Police staff member Kerri Muldowney, DS Jon Tapper, Sergeant Rob Jones and DC Ioana Leigh-Jones ran 26.2 miles and, Detention Officer Deborah Birkett and Sergeant Matt Smith ran 10 miles each.

Photo caption – From the back left:  5th from the left, Detective Sergeant Jon Tapper, 6th from left, Sergeant Rob Jones, 7th from left, Ben Smith, 10th from left, Detention Officer Deborah Birkett, 11th from left Sergeant Matt Smith, 12th from left, Police staff member Kerri Muldowney and last from the left Detective Constable Ioana Leigh-Jones.