A firefighter said a team of public service students were a ‘credit to the college’ after virtually running alongside him as he tackled the London Marathon yesterday.

The team took to the treadmills to help Cosham Fire Station Watch Manager Craig Sadler run the world-famous 26.2-mile race.

Staff members and other Cosham firefighters supported the students as they helped Mr Sadler raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Public service’s lecturer Karen Wood, said: “As a volunteer for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and a lecturer at Highbury College, it’s great to be able to support the work of the fire service as well as provide our students with the opportunity to participate in wider joint projects, such as the Hampshire road safety initiative. We also believe that developing a real understanding of citizenship in our students is vital to their future success and with this in mind, we decided to run ‘alongside’ Craig albeit on treadmills in the college gym.”

Mr Sadler said: “They’ve worked so, so hard and to have them give up their time to support me and the charity, I’m humbled by it, and I thank them so much. They’re a credit to the College, and the station and College’s relationship has never been stronger. Unbeknown to me, the students, with their tutor Karen, also wrote me a poem of support, wishing me luck on the run. In addition to supporting me in my marathon run, the students are also heavily involved in a road safety project designed to reduce road deaths in Hampshire.”

During the marathon, the students followed Mr Sadler’s bib number through an app, which allowed them to see when he started and finished the course and run alongside him in real time.

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  • Date 23/04/2018