Russell is running to save lives

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A SCHOOL headteacher has exchanged his blackboard and text books for running shoes to raise money for a charity close to his school’s heart.

Russell Clark, headteacher at Combs Ford Primary School, in Stowmarket, is preparing to run the race of his life as he takes part in the London Marathon to raise money for Children with Leukaemia.

He has spent months training for the 26.2 mile route around the capital city on April 17.

Mr Clark, who lives in Bury St Edmunds, will make up a valuable part of the Mr Men and Little Miss team and aims to raise £4,000 to help children affected by leukaemia.

The school has already raised £2,300.

“I wanted to do something quite big to raise a lot of money.

“The more we can raise, the more families can be helped and the more research can be done,” said Mr Clark, 40.

The school has always supported several charities but has this year decided to focus on Children with Leukaemia, inspired by Aimee Landymore, a pupil at Combs Ford Primary School who has battled the disease.

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