Kenninghall school boy to run 100 miles

An 11-year-old school boy will put this stamina to the test as he attempts to run 100 miles in aid of charity.

James Sibley, of Kenninghall, plans to run two miles every day for 50 days to raise funds for WaterAid - an organisation which works to improve access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the poorest communities in the world.

The keen young runner, who has competed in school cross country competitions, aims to repeat a route through the Millennium Wood near his home for his challenge, which he will begin on May 1.

He was inspired to take on the feat following similar fundraising efforts by friends at Kenninghall Primary School.

James hopes by strapping on his own running shoes he will be able to raise at least �300.

On his chosen charity, he said: 'They do a lot for kids and water is simple but an important thing.'

The youngster, who aims to complete the London Marathon one day, will map his route and begin his training during the coming Easter holidays.

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He said: 'Most people at my school know I'm doing it now. They think it's slightly crazy but they said I just have to do it now.'

His mother Penny Sibley said she was 'stunned' when James approached his family with his fundraising plans.

'We're proud and just hope it goes well and lots of people sponsor him,' she said.

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