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    Young Rory Recruits Friends for Charity Marathon

    Young Rory Recruits Friends for Charity Marathon

    Teenage philanthropist Rory McCabe wasn’t satisfied with raising £2,500 for charity last year so now wants to do even more with a little help from his friends.


    The 14-year-old King’s School pupil from Mottram St Andrew raised £2,500 for Headway by running 100km in one month. This year he has recruited 14 of his friends at King’s and each will run 100k in one month for ‘The Million Metre Challenge’.


    Throughout April, 16 runners aged from 11 to 16, including both national champions and complete novices, will be stepping out across Cheshire aiming to raise £10,000 for the Young Minds Trust.


    Rory, who received a standing ovation in his school assembly after his efforts last year, said: “I enjoyed last year’s challenge and felt it would be far more effective if we were a team so I approached some of my friends and put a notice out in assembly and the response has been fantastic.”


    Included in the marathon will be Jake and Ben O’Donnell, the Buxton brothers, who dominate local youth orienteering, with Jake, recently winning the National Championships. Older sibling Ben, who wants to work in management in the creative industries, said: “We’ll have to double our training regime, but it’s not about who comes first, it’s about all finishing together.”


    Holly McLellan, 14, from Leek, is happy to admit she will be the least naturally talented runner. “Nobody, and I mean nobody, expected me to volunteer, and that’s why I thought it was a good idea.” Holly, who wants to be a doctor, added: “I wanted to prove that even those who have little aptitude for sport can participate and make a contribution.”


    Rory has even recruited his little brother Jamie, 11, who attends Alderley Edge Community Primary School, but will join King’s in September. Rory, who wants to be a politician, said: “He’s actually a better runner than I am, and will keep me on my toes.”


    He added: “I chose to raise funds for Young Minds Trust because mental health is a big issue and, in any class in the UK, three of the 30 children will have a mental health issue and we must all learn about the complexity of the problems they face.”


    King’s Deputy Head, Paul Cooper, said: “It’s fantastically heartwarming to see how many young men and women have rallied round Rory’s cause. He’s a young man on a mission with the power to persuade.”


    If you would like to contribute to this young man’s mission please go to



    Pictured from left to right are the King’s runners: Harry Owens, Euan Usher, Oscar Davies, Max Robnson, Lewis Johnstone, Tom Wilshaw, James Harman, Ben O’Donnell, Rory McCabe, Rebecca Foster, Oliver Watson, Holly McCellan, Jamie McCabe and Jake O’Donnell. Also running will be Ashton Nulty and Ollie Farrer.


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