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The inaugural 26.2 mile Brighton Marathon takes place on Sunday 18 April 2010. The 12,000 runners start from Preston Park and go east to Rottingdean and west to Shoreham – past our main gates in both directions - before ending at the Palace Pier.
As the Marathon is set to become Brighton & Hove's largest annual sporting occasion, organisers know, even before the starting gun has been fired, that the race will be the UK's second largest full marathon after London.
Since early November, six intrepid members of Roedean staff have been in training – congratulations to Mr Back (English), Mr Brett (Bursary), Mrs Carnaghan and Mrs Chandler (PE), Mr Orys (H2) and Mr Woodgate (PE) for participating.
Mrs Chandler and Carnaghan will be raising money for Cecily’s Fund. Cecily Eastwood was a sparkly 19 year old when she left home to spend a year teaching in Zambia before going to university. She worked as a volunteer with orphaned and vulnerable children in Kitwe in Zambia's Copperbelt province. In June 1997, shortly before she planned to return to England, she was killed in a road accident. Her parents set up Cecily's Fund in her memory and to support the children she worked with.
If you would like to support Mrs Carnaghan and Mrs Chandler, online donations are being accepted at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/roedean2010
We also send all good wishes to our neighbour Matt Rhodes of St Dunstan’s. He will be raising money for St Dunstan’s and Guide Dogs for the Blind and will complete the run over two days. Matt hopes to beat the time he set for the London marathon of ten hours 32 minutes in 2007. He will be cheered over the finishing line by our Year 7 girls who have beaten all other year groups in fundraising for Matt.
Following the positive feedback on the girls’ contribution at the London-Brighton bike ride last year, we have also put together a team of ten volunteer marshals from 6.2.
Finally, on a practical note, there will be many road closures around Brighton on 18 April. Therefore on this one occasion, girls may return to school on Monday 19 April. Please let the Houses know if you plan to do this.