Race boost for school

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Over £3200.00 was raised for St Mary’s School and 6th Form College in the first Starfish Races event.

The races which were promoted in collaboration with Bexhill Runners and Triathletes took place on Sunday May 10 along Bexhill Seafront with over 120 runners taking part.

There was a full marathon, half marathon, a relay race over the marathon distance for four people and three very popular junior races.

Salty the Starfish, the St Mary’s mascot cheered on the children and helped present the medals. There was also a fancy dress competition

Faye McClelland the four time International Triathlon Union world champion attended the event and presented the winners of the adult races with their trophies. Faye is hoping to compete in Rio as part of the British Olympic team in 2016.

All the money raised will go to help the children and young people at St Mary’s in Wrestwood Road, Bexhill many of whom have Speech and Language difficulties.

The event could not have taken place without the help of volunteers from the local community, including 1st Sidley and All Saints scouts, the 3rd Bexhill Explorer Scouts as well as staff and children from St Mary’s who manned some of the water stations along the route with many members of Bexhill Runners and Triathletes.

St Mary’s would like to thank everyone involved for making this such a successful event including the numerous businesses who supported the races.

The races will take place again next year and if you are interested in training for the event contact the Bexhill Runners and Triathletes who have courses especially designed for beginners. Their website is http://www.bexhillrunnerstriathletes.co.uk/

St Mary’s was founded in 1922 as a special school for disabled children by medical professionals who wanted to provide the best possible start for young people.

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