Two Stornoway police officers are among a contingent from Police Scotland heading across the Atlantic to run in the New York marathon in two weeks’ time.
Detective Constable Fiona Mackenzie and PC Johan Macleod are raising funds in memory of a police officer who was killed while on duty in 2012.
PC Nicola Hughes had been called to a routine burglary call in the city of Manchester, where she lived and worked, together with a colleague, Fiona Bone. In fact the un-armed pair had been lured to a false call, and were brutally murdered on the doorstep of the house they’d been called to.
DC Mackenzie and PC Macleod are set to leave the island on October 31st and to meet up with other Police Scotland colleagues, including former Harris Sergeant Katie Mackinnon, who now works in the central belt.
They’ll be part of a UK-wide response bringing 60 police officers to the USA. Alongside them will be Bryn Hughes, father of the murdered police officer, who has run marathons including the North Pole marathon in his daughter’s memory.
One of Fiona and Jo’s colleagues, DC Louise Henderson, has also been fundraising for Nicola’s memorial charity over several years, but is missing this year’s big run for a very good reason.
She told welovestornoway.com: “My little sister in Australia found out that she was expecting twins and, wanting to visit her, I had to cancel the New York marathon for one closer to home. I ran the Loch Ness marathon four weeks earlier than I planned to run, last Sunday. Delighted to say I finished it in five hours and seven minutes and I have raised over at £800.”
All of the British police officers running will be wearing embroidered badges made in Harris by Katie and Doug from Hebridean Embroidery, at their workshop in Ardhasaig. It will make them easy to distinguish as part of the PC Nicola Hughes Team, as well as flying the flag for the islands.
Although the officers won’t be running as a group, so as not to hold each other back, they’re looking forward to the camaraderie between police colleagues – British and American. Officers from New York Police Department among many others meet and greet British police along the route, and there’s usually a big gathering after the run at one or more of the city’s bars.
You can support Team Stornoway by following the link to their Virgin Money Giving pages at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohanMacleod and https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/FionaMachorse
The picture shows DC Louise Henderson (left) and her colleague DC Fiona Mackenzie.