Pub bosses pound the streets in Leap2Leap

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PUB bosses Jake Smith and Alex Turner are on course to raise around £5,000 from their charity mission to help the children of men and women who have died serving their country.

Jake (19) manages The Deer’s Leap at Weston and Alex (24) runs the chain’s pub at South Wooton, near King’s Lynn, so the pair decided to go on a charity run of 28.2 miles between the two pubs.

Their Leap2Leap route took them from Weston through Holbeach, Fleet, Gedney, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge, Terrington St Clements and King’s Lynn before they arrived around seven hours later at journey’s end.

Before the run, Jake explained that neither of them was really fit and they were having to train hard for the big day.

Speaking after completing the trip, Jake said: “We began to hit the wall in Terrington St Clements, a village which seems to go on for ever.

“But reaching the Ouse made it all worthwhile. At 6pm we crossed the bridge and the end was in sight.

“Luckily the weather was kind to us and we managed to run in front of the ever chasing rain cloud which finally caught us as we made a final sprint over the last 200m to the finish line.

“We appreciate all donations made and are currently on course to raise around £5,000 for Scotty’s Little Soldiers – a charity which supports the children of the fallen soldiers.”

Jake and Alex say the day was full of high spirits and they are grateful for all of the help they had along the way and the generous donations.

Jake said: “We would like to thank the Horse and Groom in Holbeach, Black Lion in Gedney, The Granary in Long Sutton and The Ship at Long Sutton for their support and allowing us to re-hydrate in the intense heat.”

Jake and Alex are planning their own careers in the forces and Jake has secured a place at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to train as an officer in The Royal Anglian Regiment.

l Anyone who would like to donate can still do so at either of the Deer’s Leap Bar and Restaurants or visit www.bmycharity.com/leap2leap