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Half marathon fundraiser by top politician

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THE cancellation of the Father’s Day half marathon could not stop Guernsey’s senior politician and his running mate from pulling on their trainers and running the 13.1-mile course.

Nearly there. Deputy Gavin St Pier, right, completed the Butterfield Father’s Day Half Marathon course with regular running mate Steve Falla and by doing so raised money for two Covid-19 appeals.

Gavin St Pier and Steve Falla took on the challenge while raising money for their chosen charities.

Taking on the same route that the Butterfield Half Marathon event would have used, the pair made their way around the coast, starting at L’Eree and finishing up in Town.

Earlier this year, the event organisers postponed the half marathon because of the Covid-19 pandemic and rescheduled it for Sunday 6 September.

Deputy St Pier runs frequently as part of his personal fitness regime and Mr Falla had been in training for the London marathon.

Both were keen to take on the challenge on Father’s Day as an opportunity to raise money for the Social Investment Fund’s Covid-19 Community Charity Appeal and the States of Guernsey’s Covid-19 Response Appeal.

Together they aimed to raise £500 but have exceeded that goal by almost £2,000.

Deputy St Pier said: ‘Steve and I run at about the same pace and we decided to run the course together this weekend specifically to raise awareness and funds for the two local Covid-19 appeals.

‘We’re extremely grateful for the way in which people have responded to this initiative as the funds raised will help address needs that have arisen in the Bailiwick as a result of the pandemic.’

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On Twitter, Mr Falla posted a photo of the pair post-run saying: ‘Job done and matched my PB! @gavinstpier is speedy.’

On the same day, the Butterfield Half Marathon organisers reopened the event’s registration. With a total of 800 places available, and 300 participants already registered, interested runners are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Enter online at guernseyathletics.org.gg/events/half/

Zoe Fitch

By Zoe Fitch
News reporter

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