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Monday, 28 May 2012

Martin convinces 40 friends to take part in the Coventry Fun Run

STUDENT Martin Berisford has managed to convince up to 40 friends to take part in tomorrow’s Coventry Fun Run.The 18-year-old had to resort to bribery in his attempt to recruit team members for the event but said everyone is excited about the race. 

Martin, a business and ICT student at Hereward College, will be raising money for Mencap, which supports people with learning difficulties, and the college’s own charity.He said: “I try to do the Fun Run every year for different charities. I’ve done it four times and this year I thought I’d do something for the college charity, to give something back. 


“It was part of my business unit in project management to try and organise a group to take part. At first it was just going to be the business department but then I started asking more people.

“It’s been quite hard to convince so many people but I got in contact with local businesses and they donated items I could use to bribe people! I’m doing the run in a morphsuit which I’m decorating with Union Jacks to celebrate the Jubilee. But I’ve told the others fancy dress is optional.”


Martin has had an extra challenge to prepare for this year’s Fun Run after recently dislocating his kneecap.

“My leg’s in a much better condition than it was and I’ve been doing a bit of running to prepare,” he said.

“I’m just hoping it holds up on the day.”


This year’s Fun Run takes place on Sunday and starts in War Memorial Park before continuing about three and a half miles through the surrounding streets. Road closures will be in place.

This article was written and belongs to Coventry Telegraph™ 
 


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