Sergeant David to tackle Great North Run for Bute charity

Bute police sergeant David Wilkinson will tackle the Great North Run next month to raise money for Calum's Cabin.
Bute police sergeant David Wilkinson will tackle the Great North Run next month to raise money for Calum's Cabin.

BUTE police sergeant David Wilkinson is upping the speed of his usual on-the-beat pace as he prepares to take part in the Great North Run in aid of Calum’s Cabin next month.

David, 52, who has lived in Rothesay for the past five years, will be joined by his daughter Helen on the 13.1 mile run through Newcastle, Gateshead and South Shields on Sunday, September 16.

Helen, who lives in Glasgow and is about to start a new job with Glasgow Life marketing the city’s museums, and David will be cheered on by David’s wife Maureen and the couple’s other daughter Louise, Helen’s twin sister, a sports scientist, trainer and masseuse described by David as “the unseen member of the team”.

Louise’s input could be particularly significant for her dad – as it’s 25 years since he last ran a half-marathon!

“Helen has done the Great North Run for the last two years, and also took part in this year’s London Marathon,” David said.

“I’m not promising to match the 1:35 I got in 1987, but running with 54,000 others over this famous route, I am aiming to finish in a time I can be proud of.

“Since I have twin daughters, and Calum was one of twins, Calum’s Cabin is a cause which is very close to my heart.”

Donations to the Wilkinsons’ efforts can be made online via their JustGiving web page - the link is to the right of this article.