Suffolk Police joins virtual 10k run to honour murdered Met Police officer

Suffolk Police are taking part in a virtual 10k run in memory of Matt Ratana, a Metropolitan Police sergeant who was murdered while on police duty in London last year.

On Sunday, 18 April, officers and staff completed the course from Suffolk Police Headquarters to Woodbridge Rugby Club, with some participants running in their local community. A second event is scheduled for this Sunday, 25 April.

Police forces from around the country will be taking part in the Ratana 10k throughout April, to raise money for the Ratana Foundation, which was established to ‘improve life’s experiences through rugby’ for young people.

Matt Ratana was a rugby player and coach at the East Grinstead Rugby Club, and the cause aims to support local training and invest in providing equipment and facilities at clubs across the UK, New Zealand and South Africa.

Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Kearton said: “This is a tremendous cause that serves as a tribute to police officers who have tragically lost their lives on duty.

“Officers and staff who are taking part in the Ratana 10k will do so at their own place, some at staggered times, to raise awareness of the incredible work of the Ratana Foundation, which promotes wellbeing and inclusivity through sport.

“I would like to thank everyone who participated, and those preparing for Sunday’s event.

“We are very grateful to Woodbridge Rugby Club for allowing us to finish at the club where we will enjoy a celebratory drink in line with Covid regulations, and toast our fallen colleagues.”