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Stroud MP runs half marathon to aid skatepark dream


Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie completed the town’s half marathon and raised more than £1,000 for a new Rush Skatepark.

She completed the course on Sunday in two hours, three minutes, and 22 seconds – marginally beating her previous time for the 13.1 mile run from a few years ago.

The £1,010, plus £225 gift aid she raised will help pay for Rush Sports Community Trust’s planning application. It wants to develop the new park for young people on a 16-acre site off the A38 at Putloe after the old one was closed by the council a few years ago.

The MP has been a big supporter of the skate park and the plans for a new one.

“Absolutely delighted to actually finish as I thought I was going to collapse half the way round,” said Ms Baillie.

“I was hobbling at the end but I was all worth it especially as the Rush gang cheered me over the finish line.

“Many thanks to everyone who sponsored me to raise such a big sum for such a good local cause and well done to everybody that took part.  It was really well organised and there were so many local people and charities involved.

“Maybe a few more training runs are needed if I am going to do it again next year.”

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