Marathon running

Loch Ness Marathon organisers still planning for October race

Loch Ness Marathon
Reuben Tabner

Organisers of the Loch Ness Marathon are still planning for the event to go ahead on 4 October.

But event director Malcolm Sutherland said he is waiting on further guidance from the Scottish government, World Health Organisation and other public bodies.

In the event it cannot go ahead, entrants will be offered a refund or a place in the 2021 edition.

The Covid-19 lockdown has led to the cancellation of races across the world, including September's Berlin Marathon and the Boston Marathon, which was last week called off for the first time since 1897.

The re-scheduled London Marathon is due to take place on the same day as the Loch Ness race.

But event director Hugh Brasher last month said he "cannot be certain" it will go ahead and pledged to give a further update on 21 June.

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Pupils smash NHS fundraising target in joint marathon

Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley

Digital Journalist

Harvey Thomas
Sara Thomas
Harvey Thomas was inspired to start the fundraiser by his sister who works in the NHS

A Bristol primary school has smashed its £100 fundraising target and raised £1,510 for hospitals in a joint marathon between pupils.

Redfield Edge Primary School in Oldland Common, started the fundraiser after being inspired by pupil, Harvey Thomas, who asked his class if they would like to run a mile each to collectively achieve a marathon.

He said he wanted to do it after thinking about how hard his sister Sophie has been working for the NHS.

Image of Harvey's sister, Sophie.
Sara Thomas
Harvey's sister Sophie works for the NHS

His mother, Sara Thomas, 45, said every child in the class has now taken part, including the teachers who "all put their heart in it" and added, some students "scootered, cycled, ran and one who is a gymnast even walked on their hands."

She said: "They're all doing it together but separately of course, which is important because they're a small school and have known each other for four years, so miss each other a lot."

The school's headteacher, Lisa Robinson, said the "community spirit" at the school has been "amazing".

She added: "I'm incredibly proud of all the children in Willow class and wish to thank the parents for their support in this."

Lisa Robinson
Sara Thomas
The teachers at the school also took part in the fundraiser