Derbyshire Police Chief Constable Mick Creedon is gearing up for a challenge like no other as he embarks on a cycling tour of Derbyshire.
Mr Creedon, who has led Derbyshire Constabulary for 10 years, is retiring at the end of May.
He wanted to mark the end of his 37-year policing career by touring the county on two wheels and visiting every police station along the way.
The tour will see the Chief cover the length and breadth of Derbyshire, heading as far north as Glossop and its surrounding villages, and as far south as Swadlincote.
He said: “To mark my retirement I have somewhat ambitiously chosen to have a mini tour of the county and try and get round to as many stations and towns as possible.
“My mistake might prove to be the fact that I’ve chosen to do this on my bike and I’ve learned over the years that Derbyshire is a very big, very beautiful and very hilly county.
“So, for three days at the end of May and in my last days as a police officer, I will be taking some leave and, with hopefully some strong and experienced cyclists looking after me, I’ll be cycling round the county.
“This cycling tour feels challenging and no doubt will be but it will also be very rewarding.”
And as well as marking his retirement, Mr Creedon is also aiming to raise £10,000 for Safe and Sound, which does fantastic work protecting young vulnerable people from exploitation and abuse in Derby and Derbyshire.
He said: “My chosen charity as Chief Constable has long been Safe and Sound. It was the work of this Derby-based organisation and their involvement with us that led to Operation Retriever – a tremendous operation that resulted in numerous convictions, protected many young girls and was rightly recognised with an award from the Home Secretary.
“This is not the only work we have done with Safe and Sound and we should be grateful for the work they do, their partnership with the force and their drive to protect children and young adults from abuse.
“The cycling challenge will be difficult, especially with some of the hills in Derbyshire – but with the right people around me I think I will be able to do it.
“Bradley Wiggins and Dave Brailsford are not involved, we’ll not be racing and my ageing and often aching limbs won’t be moving too quickly.
“But I’m confident we can raise £10,000 for Safe and Sound – a tremendous amount of money that will go a long way to protecting some of the most vulnerable members of our society from exploitation.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mick-creedon.
You can also find out more about the work of Safe and Sound by visiting www.safeandsoundgroup.org.uk.