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Weekly Edition - Published  8 February 2015

 

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Crosby Police Officer braved sub-zero temperatures in Siberian ˝ marathon

A Merseyside Police Officer braved sub-zero temperatures in Sibera to run a ˝ marathon, while dressed in a kilt. Inspector Scott Crighton, 38, who is based in Crosby, undertook the Siberian Ice ˝  Marathon, in the Russian City of Omsk, in temperatures of -26 degrees with wind chill making the temperature plummet to a chilly -34 degrees. The ˝  marathon was the 1st of 9 months of challenges that Scott is undertaking for Kidneys for Life, a charity which aims to raise money for life changing kidney research. His 1st challenge was in Siberia participating in the 1 of the World's coldest runs.

Scott, who moved from Aberdeen to join Merseyside Police 14 years ago, said:- "I decided to do the challenges because there is a 4 year old boy in my son's class who was going to have a kidney transplant and has had to undergo a lot of dialysis. I've done a lot of things for charity in the past but the ˝  marathon in January coincided with the date of his operation and was also Christmas Day in Russia, which I thought was pretty cool. I also thought that anything I would have to go through to complete the challenges was nothing compared with what he has to go through on a daily basis. It was hard work. I was running on snow and ice while wearing a kilt in temperatures of -34 degrees. The Russians thought I was crazy. I thought that I had trained well but because we had such a mild winter it was difficult for me to get acclimatised to the cold. The 2 organisers from the Siberian Ice Marathon who looked after me and gave me permission to run in the kilt; Anna Kireeva and Inna Chernoblavskaya; were amazing. I played my bagpipes at the finish line to celebrate Christmas Day and I even appeared in the Russian media."

Scott will follow the Siberian Run, with the Manchester Marathon, in April 2016, the UK Ironman in July 2016, before finishing with the Berlin Marathon, that takes place in September 2016, which he will run dressed in a kilt and while carrying bagpipes! He is hoping to raise as much money as possible for Kidneys for Life. Anyone wishing to sponsor Scott can do so online.

 

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