Teacher runs 130 miles for charity

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A modern languages teacher from Nuthall ran 100 miles to Birmingham and did a marathon on a treadmill to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Andrew Hodgson embarked on his challenge after a friend died of the disease and he learnt the survival rate had not improved in the last 40 years.

The 37-year-old ran 100 miles over three days from Kirkby to Birmingham along canal towpaths, and his supportive students either ran alongside him, or ran the equivalent distance on treadmills.

He then ran a marathon on a treadmill where 26 students matched his distance, running one mile each.

The pupils at Kirkby College, where Mr Hodgson works, collectively completed it in three hours and 40 minutes - beating him by five minutes.

Every year group at the college raised £100 to help Mr Hodgson hit his overall target of £2,000.

The avid fundraiser said: “The students and staff at the college have been absolutely fantastic. Their support really helped me and kept me going.”

Mr Hodgson, a member of the 32nd Boys Brigade at Nuthall Methodist Church, chose to support Pancreatic Cancer after the death of a family friend, Nicholas Ellis, who died suddenly in 2010.

He said: “Nick was a lovevly man who did so much for the local community. He deteriorated so quickly. I was just as shocked to then learn that survival rates have not improved much at all over the last 40 years.”

Anybody wishing to support Mr Hodgson’s efforts should go to www.justgiving.com/kirkby-college, or ring 01623 455 925.