Portsmouth clergy to pound the pavement at Great South Run

CLERGY from Portsmouth Cathedral are to set to pound the city's pavements in next month's Great South Run.

Wednesday, 28th September 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 1:44 pm
L-r: The Dean of Portsmouth, The Very Reverend David Brindley, Lay Canon Debbie Sutton, The Reverend David Banting and Canon Chancellor Peter Leonard

The Dean of Portsmouth, the Very Reverend David Brindley, Canon Chancellor Peter Leonard, Lay Canon Debbie Sutton and parishioners Mark Pittaway and Georgie Poole are all lacing up their trainers to take part in the ten-mile run on Sunday, October 23.

The team of five are all running in aid of children’s charity The EC Roberts Centre, who provide services to families across the Portsmouth area.

Also running is Portsmouth Cathedral marketing co-ordinator John Bolt, who is raising funds for the Elizabeth Foundation, a Portsmouth-based charity that helps deaf children learn to listen and talk.

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Fiona Heath, fundraising manager at the Elizabeth Foundation said: ‘We are extremely grateful to our loyal supporters such as John and his sponsors.

‘It is down to the generosity of the general public who have enabled us to help families, not only in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas but those who travel from nine counties so their deaf children can listen and speak.

‘This September, 84 babies and pre-school children will be joining our specialist programmes, none of which would be possible without community support.’

Around 30,000 people are set to take part in the 10-mile Great South Run and the Great South 5k.