Relay run gets marathon sum

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A pub in a village too small to host a full marathon came up with a novel idea to hold a 26-mile race to raise money for charity.

The Chequers, in Westoning, simply recruited 26 “loyal and willing” customers and staff to run a mile each as a relay.

Pub owners Philip and Victoria Kelly organised the event, which raised nearly £2,000 for The Bedfordshire Downs Syndrome Support Group.

Philip said: “I was listening to the radio and they were talking about the London Marathon and so I thought a Marathon through Westoning would be a great idea. Obviously our little village is too small to host a 26 mile race so I came up with the idea of a relay of 26 people running one mile each”.

“The Bedfordshire Downs Syndrome Support Group does great work in the community so we are more than happy to support them in the work.”

The race started at The Chequers at 9am with Philip running the first leg and finished three-and-a-half hours later by Michael Asbury, aged 10.

Victoria added the event saw “a great turnout from the people of Westoning who showed great support for a well deserving charity”.

So far this year The Chequers has raised £3,600 for the charity and they are hoping to raise at least another £1,000 by the end of the summer.

For more information about the charity, go to www.bedsdownssyndrome.co.uk or the pub’s website www.thechequerswestoning.co.uk