Teenager takes on pier challenge

AN IPSWICH teenager is on his marks and getting set to take on an exhausting 'pier to pier' challenge this weekend.Richard Elston, 15, a pupil at Ipswich School, will be running seven-and-a-half miles from Clacton pier to Walton pier tomorrow , in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

AN IPSWICH teenager is on his marks and getting set to take on an exhausting 'pier to pier' challenge this weekend.

Richard Elston, 15, a pupil at Ipswich School, will be running seven-and-a-half miles from Clacton pier to Walton pier tomorrow , in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Richard persuaded the school to make the RNLI its national charity of the year.

His love of the institution stemmed from a visit to Aldeburgh lifeboat station when he was four years old.

His grandfather signed him up as a member of Storm Force, a club for young people under 16, and he has been a keen supporter of the RNLI ever since.

He will be running with a group of his friends, all Year 11 students at Ipswich School, and his father. They will set off from Clacton at around 11am and arrive at Walton some time after 11.45am.

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Richard said: “We're all really looking forward to the run.

“I know the funds we raise will help lifeboat crews. The RNLI depends entirely on donations and legacies to do its vital work.”

In addition, retiring collections from all school plays and concerts this term, plus collections from three chapel services and two school carol services in December, will be donated to the RNLI.

School Chaplain, Rev David Warnes, said: “Pupils and parents are very generous and we would expect to raise in the region of £1,500 by these methods.

“The hope is that the sponsored run will take us above the £2,000 mark. Richard made an excellent presentation about the RNLI in a recent assembly, and that has attracted a lot of interest.”

Anyone wishing to support Richard can visit www.justgiving.com/pier-to-pier.