Schools hold their own marathon

PUPILS and teachers alike were under starters orders as they ran their own marathon mile to raise money for charity. Pilton Community College, Pilton Infants, Pilton Bluecoats School and Pathfield School were inspired by North Devon Hospice Flora Londo

PUPILS and teachers alike were under starters orders as they ran their own "marathon mile" to raise money for charity.Pilton Community College, Pilton Infants, Pilton Bluecoats School and Pathfield School were inspired by North Devon Hospice Flora London Marathon runner, Melissa Filby.The 1,400 students and staff took to the mile-long course to help Melissa and fellow runner Sarah Hickman hit their target of �4,000. Joining them was Pilton College office manager Rose Budge, who ran the marathon for CLIC Sargent and money raised is to be divided between the charities."It's great that we can support Melissa and Sarah with their London Marathon fund-raising efforts," said Pilton College head teacher Mark Juby. "All four schools of the Pilton Association are taking part and raising money for North Devon Hospice along with CLIC the Leukaemia charity in memory of our friend Rod Conway, head of Pathfield School until his death last summer, as this time last year he ran the London Marathon for CLIC. "We have run the sport mile for a number of years with more than 1,600 people running a one-mile course around the schools' grounds. It must be one of the largest events of its kind in the South West."Hospice runner Melissa took a step back from the racing on Friday to fire the starting pistol and she was joined by James Chapple of Heart FM to help cheer on the runners."Pilton College has already helped Melissa and Sarah with a non-uniform day raising around �1,000. Every penny raised for the hospice by these wonderful events will ensure we can continue to provide our very specialist care for all the family, free of charge," said Emma Lowe, hospice fund-raiser.


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