Coast to Cotswolds Challenge

Coast to Cotswolds Challenge

They are no April Fools but on 1 April former Cheltenham College pupils, Philippa (A ’08) and Guy Mitchell  (NH ’11) from Tetbury will set off to run the grueling 150 miles from Salcombe in Devon to Tetbury in Gloucestershire…and all in 5 days.  

The idea to run almost six marathons came as a result of the siblings wanting to raise money for three charities close to their hearts:  The Prostate Cancer Charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and the Cotswold Care Hospice. 

Pippa, 22, a PE teacher at The Perse School in Cambridge commented, “While teaching a games session, one of my 14 year old pupils collapsed and had a heart attack on a hockey pitch. It took 45 minutes to resuscitate her. It’s a miracle that she survived and is back at school.  CRY does such amazing work I feel strongly about raising funds to help them continue to provide support.” 

Guy, 19, a second year student at Birmingham University, commented,  “Recently we heard the devastating news that a much loved family friend had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. There is no better reason than to choose The Prostate Cancer Charity and as my Mum has a close involvement with the Cotswold Care Hospice we thought we would like to support her work with them.  Three charities….six marathons.” 

Physically the siblings are not the ideal running partners, Pip reckons she will have to do twice as many strides to keep up with her willowy brother, whilst Guy is much more concerned about getting nipple rash. 

While Pip and Guy are running, a rickshaw carrying family and friends will be cycling behind the pair.  The rickshaw provides eye catching and original sponsor advertising space and will provide moral team support….and maybe if needed some onboard physic! 

For more information about this challenge and to sponsor Pip and Guy please visit www.justgiving.com/teams/150miles. 

We wish them good luck!  

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