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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Momentous for Keswick to Barrow Team Jake

IT was a momentous day on Saturday for Jo-Ann Ellis, co-ordinator of Team Jake.

Jake’s family and friends have been taking part in the Keswick to Barrow Walk for the past six years, raising more than £75,000 for the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group, since the five-year-old’s untimely death from rhabdomyosarcoma in 2008.

This year Jo-Ann completed her seventh K2B in fine style.

She ran home in eight hours and 58 minutes, a significant achievement considering she admits she couldn’t run to the end of the street when she started training earlier this year.

And it’s been a double whammy for the 36-year-old who ran the London Marathon last month for the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group.

After catching her breath at the finish line Mrs Ellis, of Barrow, said: “I ran it all the way. The marathon was harder because of the heat but this was more painful on the feet.”

When asked how she was going to celebrate her achievement Mrs Ellis said: “I think I need a holiday. I am very proud of myself. I feel quite emotional now.”

Having completed her seventh K2B Mrs Ellis also joins a select group awarded the title of Fellow.

This year walkers were presented with a personalised china tankard to acknowledge this achievement.

Team Jake claimed the title of first youth home with Matthew Rourke, 15, finishing in six hours 30 minutes.

This was his fourth K2B for Team Jake, since taking part for the first time aged 11, with more than £1,000 raised over the years.

Team Jake involved participants from primary school age upwards.

Amelia Jepson, nine, and Freyah Nelson, nine, sprinted home for Team Jake.

The girls knew Jake and have been looking forward to being old enough to take part in the C2B.

“They’ve begged and begged to do it,” said Sarah Begley, who walked with them.

Amelia’s mum Janet said: “I’m so proud of the kids. They wanted to do it so I said ‘let’s do it for the kids’.

“It’s my first time,” she added.

“I’ve really enjoyed it actually. It was a personal challenge for me too.”

Phillip Armistead, from Dalton, ran in with Jacob Nelson, 10, from Barrow, a pupil at St Pius.

“We walked to Dalton and ran from there,” said Mr Armistead.

“We’re walking for Team Jake, we’re friends of Jo.”

Upon completing the C2B Mr Armistead planned to celebrate with a few beers, and Jacob with a Coke.

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