Hundreds of schoolchildren run a mile to raise funds for Whiteley teacher’s marathon bid

Fareham Borough Council leader Sean Woodward, mayor and mayoress Cllr Geoff  and Tina Fazackarley, with other councillors at the topping out Picture: Malcolm Wells (171120-8909)

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  • More than 150 schoolchildren run a mile in aid of teacher’s bid to run London Marathon
  • Becky Dimblebee is bidding to run the April race to support a brain charity who helped her brother, Gareth
  • Gareth was in a six-week coma after crash ten years ago
  • He now helps the group out
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A SCHOOLteacher was left ‘blown away’ after more than 150 children ran either a mile or a kilometre to raise thousands of pounds for her.

Becky Dimblebee, 36, from Stubbington, is bidding to run the London Marathon this April in aid of charity Headway North Hants, which provides support to those who have suffered brain injuries across the county.

Teacher Becky Dimblebee, centre, with some of the 150 entrants Picture Keith Woodland (170502-200446001)

Teacher Becky Dimblebee, centre, with some of the 150 entrants Picture Keith Woodland (170502-200446001)

The mother-of-two is running in aid of the charity as her brother, Gareth, 35, has been receiving support from Headway ever since he suffered a brain injury in a car accident 10 years ago that left him in a six-week coma.

Becky, who teaches at Whiteley Primary School, is an avid runner with Fareham Crusaders and decided to set up a fun run to raise the £1,250 needed to run the race.

The event on Saturday saw around 170 schoolchildren from Whiteley Primary and from Crofton Anne Dale Infant and Junior Schools run a mile or one kilometre around Stubbington Recreation Ground.

Becky had previously raised £400 ahead of the event.

I am blown away by the response that I’ve had from the kids

Becky Dimblebee

She said: ‘I am blown away by the response that I’ve had from the kids and everyone that has come to help out today. I never thought we would get so many kids coming down to help me out. It just shows you the strength of this community.’

She estimated that she may have smashed her target after some runners had raised £100 on their own.

A bake sale also took place in addition to the run.

Kobi Brooker, seven, from Gosport, ran a mile. He said: ‘It was a lot of fun and it was good to do it with my friends. I was happy to help.’

Milan Kollat, five, from Stubbington added: ‘I losve running so this was a lot of fun.’