Marathon effort by young racers

Primary school pupils grouped together and ran an all-day relay to support their teaching assistant who is entering the London marathon.

A TEAM of mini-marathon runners clocked up 270 miles in a day to raise money for the North Devon Hospice.

Pupils of Kingsacre Primary School totalled the equivalent of more than 10 marathons in a relay event to support their teaching assistant.

Julie Skinner, 49, from Braunton, will be running the London Marathon for the first time in April.

Mrs Skinner, said: “I lost my mum, Betty, about 10 years ago to breast cancer, and wanted to raise money for the hospice.

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“The children all made a donation to dress as marathon runners, and some were sponsored too, which is great.

“Some of the parents came to join in and all of the children had a great time; it’s been a great way to get them involved in something active and help promote healthy living.”

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Head teacher Steve Morgan said: ““We’re glad we could help out by letting her use the grounds and facilities we have here.”

Mrs Skinner said the event had already raised �700 with more to come. Anyone who wants to contribute can go to

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