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Former Spalding Grammar School students smash marathon challenge

A group of five friends from the Spalding area have completed a mammoth task to raise funds and awareness for an important cause.

Mario Fragale, Oliver Shores and Max Pearce, three members of the Untitled Game Changers, who all met at Spalding Grammar School, ran a full 26 mile marathon while carrying 20 kilos of weight on each of their backs on March 27.

The friends wanted to embark on the challenge to raise money and awareness for mental health charities after having seen the impact of mental health issues first hand.

Untitled Game Changers during their weighted marathon (45914865)
Untitled Game Changers during their weighted marathon (45914865)

Oliver Shores, who ran his marathon in Kent while Mario and Max ran theirs in London, said: "It's the hardest physical thing we've ever done but the pain we were going through wasn't even close to what people with mental health issues face."

Oliver finished his marathon in 5 hours and 30 minutes, with Mario and Max clocking in at six hours and 10 minutes.

They raised £250 for Mind and around £1,350 for R;pple Suicide Prevention, which was set up by Alice Hendy who sadly lost her brother Josh to suicide in November. He was just 21 years old.

Alice is working on an online monitoring tool which flags potentially harmful content and replaces it with a range of mental health support channels for users in crisis.

Oliver added: "I'm over the moon - we are all really pleased.

"We never thought we would get close to that figure and I know that Alice is very grateful too."

The friends are now looking at embarking on another challenge in the summer to raise money to give more people access to water.

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