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Firearms officer at Nottinghamshire Police vows to complete London Marathon for Myeloma UK

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A police officer is going to put himself through the pain barrier by running the London Marathon in aid of his best friend who has terminal cancer, writes Gianluca Spataro.

Pc Jim Campin, a firearms officer at Nottinghamshire Police, is preparing to embark on his first London Marathon to raise money for Myeloma UK, in support his childhood friend, Adam Richmond.

Despite never attempting anything like it before, Pc Campin is determined to do whatever it takes to get across the finish line, and has already started training ahead of the race this autumn.

Jim Campin and Adam Richmond (56636750)
Jim Campin and Adam Richmond (56636750)

Pc Campin said: “If I’m honest, at 16½ stone, this is not what I’m designed to do.

“I haven’t set myself a target or anything like that, I just want to get to the end and cross the line.”

“I just want to do it, finish it, and then say at the end of it to Adam ‘this has all been for you, mate’.

“I know that he’s suffering but — and I know that this is a weird thing to say — I want to suffer a little bit too.

“I want to show to Adam that I’m prepared to go on a journey with him; I know it’s not the same journey, but I want to show him that I’m prepared to put myself through pain for him too.

Adam and Jim first met at the age of three and went on to become lifelong friends, including being best men at each other’s weddings.

Father-of-two Adam, of Epperstone, shared the horrendous news that he had multiple myeloma in November 2019, with his wife being induced to give birth to their son the day after he received the diagnosis.

Adam, a 45-year-old osteopath, said: "If I’m honest, getting my diagnosis wasn’t such a big thing because my focus at that stage was on my wife and son, so it wasn’t until the dust had settled that I really started processing it. .

“They’ve given me a prognosis of about ten years, which is a useable amount of time to do something with, so I’m just grateful that I’ll be able to make the most of that time with my wife and children.

“It might sound stupid to say but my overall feeling is that I am incredibly lucky, as things could have been a lot worse for me, and I feel very fortunate to have friends like Jim.

“Jim and I have known each other all our lives and he’s the closest thing I’ve got in this world to a brother. You know when you’ve got Jim on your side that you’ve got 100% back up.

Jim said: “When I found out the news, I just sat in my car for an hour talking to him over the phone crying my eyes out.

“He should have another 40-odd years left but instead it’s unlikely that he’ll get to see his children learn how to drive or do their GCSEs, which is just tragic.”

Support Jim at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/james-campin

Ever since the diagnosis, Jim and Eddie Deverill and Ben Henshaw, also lifelong friends, have shown their support for Adam by raising money for Myeloma UK. They’ve already raised £16,000 completing a 140-mile coast-to-coast cycling challenge.

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