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Newark: East Bridgford schoolgirls clock up hundreds of miles and pounds for NHS and Mind

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Three pupils clocked up hundreds of miles, raising hundreds of pounds ­— and increased school cross-country numbers in the process.

Twins Eleanor and Pippa Brunning, 11, and Esme Cope, 9, took on the Captain Tom 100 Challenge, in recognition of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore’s fantastic fundraising achievements for the NHS.

Eleanor and Pippa chose to run a mile a day and accumulated 100 each while Esme ran 100km in 28 days.

East Bridgford pupils, left to right: Eleanor Brunning, 11, Esme cope, 9, and Pippa Brunning, 11. (47377038)
East Bridgford pupils, left to right: Eleanor Brunning, 11, Esme cope, 9, and Pippa Brunning, 11. (47377038)

The twins raised £430 for the NHS while Esme raised £1,275 for Mind.

The girls are pupils at East Bridgford St Peter’s Church of England Academy and head Richard Tomlinson said they epitomised the school’s ethos.

Esme said: “Mr T told us about the 100 Challenge and I wanted to do something for charity. I had this idea about running and there was some debate at home as to whether I could do 100 miles or 100km.

“I got up one Sunday and had a trial run with mummy and we made a charity page. I chose Mind because people are suffering in lockdown. I set a £100 target but then I had £75 on the first day and it kept going up and up.

“Some days I got really tired and didn’t want to run, but I knew I had to.

“There were flooded paths and sometimes hail.

“On the day I finished there were horses blocking the finish line, but my family were waiting with giant signs and a cookie.”

Eleanor and Pippa completed their challenges on a treadmill.

Eleanor said: “The treadmill was in the shed and it was very cold in there. It’s a good job we like running.”

Pippa said: “We wanted to raise money for the NHS, just like Captain Tom, because of all of the amazing work they do.”

Mr Tomlinson bought each of the girls a trophy and joined them for a cross-country lap of honour.

“The care, determination and resilience they showed was incredible,” he said.

“There were times when they wanted to give up but they kept going.

“They are a shining example of what young people can do.

“Everybody has been through such a lot in the past year and for them to still be out there giving their all is inspirational.

“As a school we have been following their challenges closely in our weekly newsletters and were right behind them supporting them all the way.

“The children have been closely monitored and supported by parents at home for this challenge and as a school we are incredibly proud of what they have achieved by taking care of others, which is our ethos at St Peter’s. As a school, we are incredibly proud of them.

“As a by-product, their efforts have increased the number of children doing cross-country from 12 to 38.”

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