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Former students’ fantastic fundraising challenge in aid of Pancreatic cancer uk

23 July 2021  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in: ,

We take our hats off to Mark Bastow, Tim Waite and Sam Bainbridge, all former students, who ran 50km in the sweltering heat to complete the Yorkshire Challenge leg of the Ultra Challenge Series Marathon in nine hours. Their amazing efforts have raised over £3,400 for Pancreatic Cancer UK, on behalf of Sammi Bainbridge (nee Durrant and Richmond School alumna), to say thank you to the charity for helping her battle and beat this awful disease. The hardy (and some may say crazy!) trio set off at 6:40am, when it was already 19 degrees, and the heat topped a blistering 32 degrees during the day. The route started and finished at Nidderdale Show Ground and took in Ripley Castle as well as Brimham Rocks.

Mark said: “I have competed in the Swaledale Marathon, the York Marathon, the Yorkshire Three Peaks and the National Three Peaks, however this was the worst, not due to the topography, but because of the intense and relentless heat. Our original fundraising target was £1,500 so we are thrilled to have more than doubled this. It meant the world to us to see Sammi at the half-way point of the race and it really spurred us on.”

If you would like to support Mark, Tim and Sam and help them top £4,000 then you can still donate at
To find out more about the work of Pancreatic Cancer UK visit Pancreatic Cancer UK

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