Pub managers go on the run

Jake Smith, general manager of The Deer's Leap, Weston.
Jake Smith, general manager of The Deer's Leap, Weston.
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TWO pub managers are preparing to swap pulling pints for pulling in the pounds by running almost 30 miles from Weston to King’s Lynn for charity.

Jake Smith, general manager of The Deer’s Leap at Weston, and Alex Turner, who runs the chain’s pub in King’s Lynn, have vowed to raise a staggering £25,000 for Scotty’s Little Soldiers with the 28.2-mile mission Leap to Leap in June.

The charity helps to support the children of servicemen and women who have died while serving in the British armed forces.

Jake (18), who spent six years with the Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force, said: “We both wanted to do a charity fundraiser and we both have military connections.

“We wanted to do something a bit different.”

Both Jake and Alex (24) are also considering careers in the military, with Jake already having secured a place at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to train as an officer for the Royal Anglian Regiment.

The run on June 6 will see the pair leave the pub at Weston at about noon and head through Holbeach, Gedney, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge, Terrington St Clement, South Lynn, King’s Lynn and South Wootton.

They hope to call in at a few places along the way, such as other pubs, community centres and shops, armed with their collection buckets for extra donations.

“We’re not really fit, we’re both publicans,” said Jake. “We are both training for the event.

“I’m doing runs in the morning and evening but it’s not going very well. Regardless we will complete it. We’ve done one practice so far from Sutton Bridge to Weston.”

Jake has planned other fundraising events at The Deer’s Leap to help him along the way to his £25,000 goal, with a “Welcome to the Summer” party at the pub on May 7 and celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on June 5.

Anyone who would like to donate towards the event can do so at either the Deer’s Leap in Weston or at the pub in King’s Lynn.