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Running Towards Fundraising Total

Blisters, aching muscles and tired joints are all in a days work for the group of students and staff who are in training for a half marathon.

Sixth Form students Ross Hay and Jordon Joseph and BHE teachers Dan Arnold and Kirsty Farrar are clocking up the miles as they prepare for the Great Eastern Run taking place on October 11 in Peterborough.

The run is a fundraiser for the Uganda trip which the four will be going on at the end of October. The group needs to raise £4,000 to pay for  trip costs and so is appealing for sponsorship to help them along the 13.1 mile course.

They will be the first to visit CBA's new international ink, The Discovery Centre; a pioneering education centre which serves schools and trains health workers.

Year 13 student Ross, who is pounding the miles on the treadmill, is hoping to cross the finish line in under two hours.

He said: "The training has been hard but we still have a few weeks to go before the event, so I am confident that we can all do it."

Miss Farrar has also been pulling on her running trainers at the weekends and already has a marathon under her belt.

She said: "Doing the Great Eastern Run seemed an ideal way to raise funds and we hope as many people as possible will get behind our efforts and help us reach our fundraising total."

Anyone who wants to sponsor the group should talk to Mr Arnold or Miss Farrar.

So far the group has held a golf day and organised a fete to being in the funds. A race day is also being organised with details to follow shortly.

The Discovery Centre is a unique residential facility close to Lake Victoria in Junja, Uganda.

The project is run in partnership with UK registered charity Adventure Projects Trust and YWAM (Youth With A Mission), Uganda. It was established in 1994 as a response to the dire situation in regard to AIDS in the country at that time.

During the trip - which takes place from October 28 to November 5 - the students will attend a Sixth Form Conference along with peers from other English and African Schools. They will also attend meetings to talk about Global Citizenship and Global Enterprise and will be making visits to various schools within the area.