Wiltshire PC Paul Croft is attempting to break a world record when he runs the London Marathon on Sunday (28/04/19) in full body armour.
Paul, who's no stranger to a running challenge after completing a 250km ultra marathon in the heat of the Sahara, is to run the 26.2 miles around the capital in full police protection uniform.
In September last year Paul, who is based at Royal Wootton Bassett police station, broke the world record for running a half marathon in Swindon in the same heavy kit.
The officer, who joined Wiltshire Police in 2017, will be running for the mental health charity MIND to highlight the challenges faced by people struggling with mental health issues as well as raising money for the organisation.
He said: "The full kit consists of heavy body armour, a riot shield, baton, visor helmet, big boots and protective overalls - all weighing more than 30kgs in total.
Wiltshire Police is signed up to the Blue Light Programme which promotes a better understanding of mental health problems while offering help and well-being advice to staff and officers.
Paul said: "I think the Blue Light Programme is a really good idea because it supports anyone on a day to day basis. As a police officer you have to look after yourself and this one of many ways you can do this - especially if you are having difficulties.
Paul is also hoping to become another world record holder for doing a marathon in full protection uniform - providing he completes the race in under five hours.
Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: "Having run the Swindon Half Marathon with Paul last year - I know how tough it can be to run and carry that sort of weight over 13.1 miles. However, to do a full marathon in this sort of heavy kit is just mind-blowing.
Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson said: "Anyone who can run a marathon deserves our respect; however, to run this race in full body armour to highlight mental health is just humbling; it's a fantastic thing to do.