Every football supporter knows the pain of losing a derby.
Add to that the mickey taking by your mates who supports your rivals.
But if you think that’s as bad as it gets, spare a thought for Preston North End’s social media savvy police officer.
Paul Elliott will have to run through both the pain and pride barriers this Sunday after losing a bet with a PNE striker.
Paul, an avid Everton fan, bet Liverpool supporter Iain Hume that the Blues would win the Merseyside derby but after the 4-0 defeat Evertonian Paul will have to run the half-marathon on Sunday in a Liverpool kit.
But PNE’s police intelligence officer Paul has dedicated his run to North End legend Sir Tom Finney, who passed away on February 14 and has already raised over £1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Paul said: “It started out as a bet, I use the @PNEpolice twitter account and I was having a bit of banter with Iain Hume. I’m an Everton fan and he’s a Liverpool fan and stupidly I suggested that if we won he would have to do a forfeit.
“And we came up with doing the half marathon, the rivalry is infamous and it will hurt to wear the shirt – especially running 13 miles through the streets of Liverpool!”
To add insult to injury Hume decided the kit will have “SAS 4-0” on the back in tribute to the Reds’ strike force Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, a tag originally lauded upon Blackburn’s 1995 Premier League winning strike duo Chris Sutton and Alan Shearer.
But Paul has managed to turn the situation into a positive by raising £1,114.38 so far for the UK’s leading Alzheimer’s charity.
The police officer who has worked with PNE since 2007 said: “I know Sir Tom Finney’s grandson Paul and I asked if I was able to honour him and raise money for a charity close to his heart, at the time we started he was still alive.
“But sadly he has since passed away. My mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s recently and my Grandma passed away from it.
“So it is a disease that is close to home.”
Paul will travel to Swindon to police North End’s clash against Swindon before dashing back up North to tackle the half marathon on Sunday.
Unfortunately Hume will not be involved in tomorrow’s clash as he has just sealed a loan move to Fleetwood.
If you want to sponsor Paul visit: www.justgiving.com/Paul-Elliott9