Charity runner, dressed as a bishop, caught a handbag thief during his race

Max Livingstone-Learmonth was on a 10km leg of the I Move London Relay – a 4,000 mile world record attempt around London, lasting for 30 days and 30 nights, when he spotted a man stealing a woman’s handbag. Dressed as a bishop, Livingstone-Learmonth chased the thief down, and pinned him to a wall with his bishop’s staff as he waited for the police to arrive, whilst still holding on to the relay baton.

Livingstone-Learmonth told the Evening Standard: “I’m not religious but it does feel a bit like divine intervention that I was there. I saw this woman tripping over the cobbles, diving after this bloke. She fell over on her front.

“A guy shouted, ‘Stop that man’, and it was just pure instinct to run after him. I caught up to him and pinned him to a wall with my crosier. I said, ‘It’s not your day if you’ve been run down by a bishop’. He was squirming and protesting his innocence but he was caught red-handed. He had dropped a lot of phones and wallets on the way.”

Livingstone-Learmonth regularly runs in fancy dress with his wife, Sarah Dudgeon and their friend, Victoria Carter, under a team name Religious About Running. They set another record last year, running the London Marathon dressed as a bishop, monk and nun, crossing the line in 3:21:33. The trio are raising money for the Running Charity and Sported.

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