Richard has been a Divisional Officer with the City of London police for the past 24 years. His dedication and commitment to serving the people of London was recognised in 2005 when he was awarded Police Officer of the Year. Richard is equally dedicated to running marathons and as a member of the 100 Marathon Club he has notched up 136 at the last count! For his 100th marathon he raised over £1,500 for 'Help for Heroes', a charity close to his heart as a former member of the Parachute Regiment. For this reason, he was invited to escort Phil Packer through the city of London when the latter was completing his London marathon also on behalf of 'Help for Heroes'. His qualities of service to the community, sporting endeavour and achievement would make him a worthy carrier of the Olympic torch.