After an early parade at Wimbledon Police Station, the cadets travelled to a water station in Southwark where thousands of water bottles stacked in pallets were set up, ready for Scouts and Cubs to hand out to the tens of thousands of people taking part.

The Merton cadets had the job of keeping the area clear of discarded water bottles, which quickly piled up throughout the event.  After cheering the professional athletes and wheelchair competitors, the roads were soon full of thousands of runners in all sorts of costumes, charity flags, tops and much more.

Cadets worked hard throughout the day to fill six huge white sacks with empty plastic bottles for recycling, ensuring the whole water station area remained open and safe for competitors to grab a quick drink.

Cadet Jessica, aged 14, said, "This has been great today; seeing the London Marathon live and knowing we are supporting them."

Cadet Savannah, aged 15, said, "This is one of the best days in Cadets, with everyone pulling together to help each other.  And it's been great to cheer on the runners; they're amazing!"

Volunteer Cadet Staff Julie said, "I am so proud of our cadets today; after a very early start they have all worked so hard.  We've cleared thousands of water bottles and it's been brilliant to play a small part in supporting this iconic world famous event.  We can't wait to come back next time."

The team were especially pleased to see their Cadet Staff, and Merton PC, Marco running the marathon for a children's charity and completing the distance in a personal best time of 5 hours 30 minutes.  Well done Staff Marco!

Over 5000 Volunteer Police Cadets serve in VPC units across London in all boroughs, taking part in major events like this and making a positive difference in their local communities every week.  It's nothing to do with joining the police (although many do), it's all about giving young people opportunities, challenges and some great fun along the way, outside of school, college or other activities.

 

Merton Volunteer Police Cadets at work
Merton Cadets still smiling after a hard day's work