George's marvellous marathon sees eight-year-old Linslade runner make money for ChildLine

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A mini Mo Farah has pledged to run 3km every day for two weeks – the equivalent of a marathon – to raise money for ChildLine.

He is eight-year-old George Gibbs who started fundraising when he was just four, taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

The Linslade Lower pupil who lives in Rosebery Avenue with his motoring journalist dad Nick, PR planning executive mum Frances and little sister Addie, three, has already reached his £500 target and is now thinking of doubling it.

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George and Frances set off every morning at 9am, running along the canal between the Globe bridge and Tesco bridge.

George has been doing plenty of running!George has been doing plenty of running!
George has been doing plenty of running! | ugc

And the Year 3 schoolboy has only one complaint about his pace-setting partner: “Sometimes Mum can’t keep up with me. Otherwise she’s fine.”

Dad Nick said: “They run at roughly the same pace . . . I like to think I’m a little faster.”

He added: “George was keen to do something to help a charity during lockdown.

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“We looked at various worthwhile causes and he decided on ChildLine.

George and mum Frances after a runGeorge and mum Frances after a run
George and mum Frances after a run | ugc

“Calls have increased by 300 per cent and are from vulnerable youngsters who have no-one else to turn to.

“He wanted to help children who were not safe at home and suffering because of the current situation.”

George says he enjoys running because it makes him stronger, but this particular exercise is purely for fundraising purposes.

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He normally does the 2km Junior Parkrun every Sunday held at Parson’s Close Recreation Ground.

His sporting hero isn’t the magnificent Sir Mo, but racing driver Lewis Hamilton.

And all his plans for the future involve the motoring world.

He confesses: “I want to be a car designer or a racing driver or own a car company.”

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In the meanwhile he’s concentrating on completing his marathon effort on May 13.

If you’d like to follow his progress and donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/georges-marvellous-marathon> Have you got a good news story to share with our readers? Email [email protected]

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