Prisoners do a lap of honour

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Thirty-two prisoners from HMP Lancaster Farms raised over £1000 for a youth charity by running a half marathon in

temperatures of 27c.

Their run was in support of Prison PE Officer - DarrenLeeming’s – marathon for Brathay Trust.

Darren Leeming said: “I am the prison PE officer and when the lads heard that I was running a marathon they wanted to support me.

“We came up with the idea of a fundraising running challenge and set up an early bird running club, before work, to help them prepare.

A fortnight ago, despite extremely uncomfortable weather conditions, 32 prisoners ran an internal circuit of around 11 to 14 miles.

Prison Governor Derek Harrison joined in for six of those miles which was great. It was also a warm day for my marathon, an anti-clockwise lap of Lake Windermere. I finished it in 3hr 53mins, a result I was happy with given the relentless hills.

“This was all in aid of a Brathay Trust a charity that works in Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire. Each year they help turn around the lives of 7,000 youngsters a year, including the most disadvantaged.”

Brathay’s Head of Fundraising, Scott Umpleby thanked Darren Leeming and the prisoners for their support and enthusiasm and for finding a novel way to get involved with the charity’s fundraising.

The Brathay Trust work with over 7,000 young people every year, close to home or on residentials in the Lake District. They support young people and their families in education, training or work.