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CFS Marathon Runners

Charity fundraising is something that students and staff at Colonel Frank Seely Academy do with a passion and the next challenges certainly have that!

On Sunday 2nd March, Year 12 student Ellie Dean (age 17) will be taking on the Reading Half Marathon to raise awareness and funds for Mind charity.  “I am supporting Mind as it is a charity close to my heart and a passionate cause that I feel strongly about. I am aiming to complete the course in under 2 hours.”

Ellie has been training since September – running 2-3 times a week for up to 10 miles each time and also spending time in the gym all this whilst keeping on track with her AS studies.

Meanwhile, Assistant Headteacher, Jon Gale will take on the London Marathon on 13th April to raise essential funds to support the ‘Children with Cancer UK’ charity.

Mr Gale has been training hard in order to tackle the London Marathon, a 26.2 mile race in a good time. “I’m hoping to run the distance in between three and a half hours and four hours.”

“Despite a few injuries, the furthest I’ve run so far is 21 miles so I’m hoping I’ll be able to run the extra five miles when it comes to the race.

‘I decided to run the 2014 London Marathon in order to raise money for the Children with Cancer UK charity. My aim is to do a little bit towards helping families whose lives have been turned upside down by one of the terrible tragedies of life.’

The support I have received from pupils, parents and staff at the school has been fantastic and we have raised over £1,000 so far.

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