Walking the dinosaur! Police officer’s ‘Jurassic jaunt’ for a good cause

A University campus police officer will pound a new ‘beat’ this spring when he treks around the Jurassic Coast for charity.

Police Constable Karl Greenham (on the right of the photo) will walk a 62-mile (100k) stretch of the World Heritage coastline in Dorset famed for its dinosaur fossils to raise money for a good cause that is close to home.

Karl explains: “A few years ago, a family member’s life was thrown into disarray when their son was born 13 weeks early. He weighed little more than 1kg and was fighting for his life.

“Somehow, they battled through this tough time, but this was made more bearable by the brilliant help they received from the charity Bliss. Bliss supports the families of premature babies and contributes to giving every premature baby the best chance of survival.

Thanks to Bliss and the medical care their son received, they were able to welcome him home and he has gone on to grow into a fit and healthy boy. We were left so impressed by what Bliss did, we are taking on this massive challenge, something that will push us mentally and physically but raising funds and awareness and for them.”

Karl and four fellow walkers – wife Vicki, family member Kelly Abraham, friend Lucy Lattimore and brother-in-law Matthew Evans who is also in the police force – will start the annual Jurassic Coast Challenge at the romantic ruins of Corfe Castle on 14 May.

The aim is for them to complete the whole walk by the next day, meaning they will walk through the evening with only occasional stops for a brief rest and energy-rich refreshments along the route that is marshalled with medics.

They will subsequently take in Weymouth and Lulworth Cove before moving on to Chesil Beach and West Bay’s cliffs (made famous in TV crime series Broadchurch) before they finish in Bridgeport.

Karl has been in the police force for 12 years and has been part of the University’s very own police team since Waterside campus opened in 2018. Even though he is used to a physical job, he is still undertaking some pre-walk preparation.

Karl adds: “We’ve taken some advice on how best to do this so every other weekend for the past few weeks we’ve completed increasingly longer walks, gradually ‘staircasing’ our efforts.

“While the wife and I both enjoy a good walk, we have never taken on anything of this magnitude before. Even so, we’re going to have some good food and a good sleep the night before we set off to help us push through the walk!”

To support this exceptional endeavour, see the team’s Justgiving page.

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