Marathon effort

By Surrey and Hants News in Charity

Children from Sun Hill infant and junior schools in Alresford, and Cheriton Primary School, took part in a charity marathon relay to raise money for three local women who will be running in the London Marathon on April 23.

More than 50 pupils participated in the event on the Sun Hill playing fields on Saturday, April 8, completing the equivalent of four marathons between them by running a total of 104.8 miles. Once the running was over, a dads versus children football match was played, which ended in a draw.

Kathryn Vaughan and Caroline Sorgi of Alresford, and Sarah Townsend of Beauworth, will be running for HemiHelp, Get Ahead and Heart Research UK.

The relay was the idea of Alresford resident Denise Grant, whose son has the brain injury condition hemiplegia. The family receives support from HemiHelp.

Denise wanted to help the marathon runners raise extra cash while also putting on an event which would encourage local children to be more active.  

Kathryn said: “Thanks to everyone who came to our marathon relay. The children really rose to the challenge and ran with great purpose and pride. Thanks to everyone’s very kind generosity, we managed to raise £270 for our three chosen charities.

“As well as the children and their families, we would like to say a special thank you to Jack at Tesco Express in Alresford for supplying food for the barbecue and the marshmallows; Julie Mountain for providing us with and manning a fire pit, so our budding athletes were well fed; Sun Hill infant and junior schools for the use of the playing field and the facilities; and Denise for coming up with such a great fundraising idea.

“We are all incredibly inspired by the children’s amazing achievement and will keep this in our thoughts on the big day.”

All three runners have fundraising pages at Virgin Money Giving.