Husband and wife jetting to US to join international sport event

Husband and wife duo Stuart and Sam Douglas, from Brigstock, are taking part in the forthcoming World Police and Fire Games
Husband and wife duo Stuart and Sam Douglas, from Brigstock, are taking part in the forthcoming World Police and Fire Games
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A sporty husband and wife duo from Brigstock are jetting to the US to take part in one of the world’s largest athletics events.

Stuart, 52, and Sam Douglas, 39, will be taking part in the World Police and Fire Games in Fairfax, Virginia, in late June.

The event is open to current and former emergency service and prison workers and is a biannual event – second only to the Summer Olympics in size.

This year, 12,000 athletes from 70 countries will be taking part in a total of 61 events.

Mr Douglas is a retired prison officer, having worked in a number of prisons including Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire.

He currently works as the deputy head porter at Newnham College in Cambridge.

He and Sam are currently in training for the games, and will be competing in the 10,000 metre and half marathon events.

Mr Douglas said: “We first heard about the games last year when we were involved in the National Three Peaks event organised by the Prison Service Sports Association.

“Someone saw the time we had posted and suggested we sign up for the games.

“The competition is open to all serving and retired fire, police and prison service staff from around the world.

“We applied and we were really pleased when we found out this year that we had a place in the WPFG.”

Mr Douglas was born and raised in Brigstock and attended the village primary school as well as the Samuel Lloyd Comprehensive School in Corby.

The pair will be jetting to the US and arriving at the event the day before the opening ceremony, which takes place on June 26.

Mr Douglas said: “I used to be in the forces so keeping fit has been part of my life for a long time and Sam goes to the gym almost every day.

“We are both keen mountain climbers and dog walkers so we tend to be very active.”

Mr Douglas said: “We have funded this ourselves and it has cost us about £3,000 so far, so we would be grateful if any local business would be interested in assisting with our costs by sponsoring us.

“We have Gofundme pages at gofundme.com/stuartwpfg and www.gofundme.com/samwpfg2015 which people can use to sponsor us or to get in touch.”

The World Police and Fire Games is held every two years and was established in 1985.

The 2013 event was held in Belfast.

For more information, visit fairfax2015.com. People are still able to sign up to take part in some events.