Perse pupil completes marathon mission for Christel House

Amelie Brown (Year 10) took on the gruelling task of completing the Stitch-Up Marathon in one go by herself to raise funds for Christel House.

Perse students and staff are being encouraged to form teams to run, jog or walk a combined total of the marathon distance of 26.2 miles by Friday 10 November in aid of the charity, which runs schools for children in some of the world’s most deprived communities.

Groups can compete for the Golden Boot trophy for the fastest overall time, as well as prizes for most creative Stitch-Up video and most money raised.

However, Amelie decided to step out on her own during half term with a marathon march through the spectacular Luberon National Park in the Provence region of France.

She said: “I’ve participated in many Christel House active events every year, starting in Year 7 with the Stitch-Up Marathon, which was the first major event I participated in.

“With the Stitch-Up Marathon returning this year, I decided to set myself a challenge. I have always loved hiking, especially in the Luberon National Park, so I decided to hike my marathon in one day rather than as a stitch-up.

“Packing a lot of water and snacks one morning, I set off on my hike, wearing a high visibility jacket – not as normally is the case to stay visible to cars, but instead to remain safe as it is boar-hunting season in the area!

“My journey took a few unexpected detours, including trying to navigate a particularly beautiful, if steep, gulley, but eight-and-a-half hours and 1,400m elevation gained later, I was exhausted but incredibly happy.

“It was very fulfilling to support such a great charity, but also to do something I love at the same time and I’m over halfway to reaching my goal to of £300 in pledges for Christel House.”

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