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Copnor pub team will race with nine-gallon barrel

READY TO RUN From left, Paul Taylor, Dave Spencer from the RNLI, Lewis Taylor, Brittany Jones from the RNLI and Steve Small. Paul and Steve are running in the 5k Santa fun run at the weekend carrying a barrel full of donated cash. Picture: Allan Hutchings (124042-891)

READY TO RUN From left, Paul Taylor, Dave Spencer from the RNLI, Lewis Taylor, Brittany Jones from the RNLI and Steve Small. Paul and Steve are running in the 5k Santa fun run at the weekend carrying a barrel full of donated cash. Picture: Allan Hutchings (124042-891)

 

SOME people find it difficult carrying their own weight when running a five-kilometre race.

But staff and punters at The Rose in June pub, in Copnor, are taking the challenge of the RNLI Santa Family 5k Fun Run on Sunday to another level – by carrying a nine-gallon beer barrel full of loose change.

The pub took part in the annual race with the same barrel along Southsea seafront last year with £300 of change inside it.

But this time around more than twice the amount has been donated. All the money will go towards the RNLI, a charity which helps to save people’s lives at sea.

Paul Taylor, 39, who runs the pub with his business partner Paul Saynor, 59, will shoulder the burden with his son Lewis, seven, and regulars Steve Small, 47, Paul Bagshaw and Jim Spry.

Mr Taylor said: ‘We don’t know how much money is in the barrel but what we do know is that it’s extremely heavy and it’s going to prove difficult carrying it around with us.

‘One of our regulars, Dave Spencer, is a member of The RNLI crew and he encouraged us to take part with the barrel last year.

‘It was nowhere near as full last year. It’s great that people have given so much for the charity. It’s important that the people of Portsmouth support The RNLI because we live on an island.

‘We need the help of the crews.’

The team will take a trolley with them to put the barrel on in case the weather is icy.

‘We’re hoping that lots of people will turn out to support us on the day,’ Mr Taylor said.

‘We’re looking forward to it.’

 

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