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Marathon man speaks at school sport awards

PUBLISHED: 12:40 22 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:47 22 July 2015

Marathon runner Rob Young with a Royal Liberty pupil

Marathon runner Rob Young with a Royal Liberty pupil

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A man who ran 370 marathons in a year helped a secondary school celebrate their sporting successes.

Royal Liberty pupils put on Shakespeare's MacbethRoyal Liberty pupils put on Shakespeare's Macbeth

A man who ran 370 marathons in a year helped a secondary school celebrate their sporting successes.

World record breaker Rob Young was the guest speaker at Royal Liberty’s awards evening, which saw pupils receive trophies for their sporting achievements.

Rob told the students how he began running just over a year ago after watching the London Marathon on TV.

Despite never taking part in a marathon, and not being a big fan of running, he decided he would run one every day for a year.

Rob had a full-time, nine-to-five job, so would wake up at 2.30am every morning and run 26.2 miles around Richmond Park, head home to shower and change, then set off to work at a local car parts company.

Over the next 365 days he managed to run an astonishing 370 marathons, breaking the world record for the number of marathons run in a year. And in June this year he became the first European to win the Race Accross the USA, which saw him run from LA to Washington DC. Rob’s next challenge will be to break another world record – running continuously for 500 miles without stopping. He’ll be wearing a top signed by some of the Royal Liberty pupils at the awards evening.

Meanwhile the school held a special Shakespeare evening, which saw pupils put on an abridged version of Macbeth, and perform monologues from a variety of plays by the Bard. One pupil, Jack Gallagher was crowned the winner of the evening’s Drama House Competition, for his performance as Banquo in Macbeth and his monologue as Lady Macbeth. Family, friends and the Mayor and Mayoress attended.

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