David’s big effort for Ellie charity

Scalby School student David Sessions completes his Ravenscar to Spa run on Saturday, in aid of Ellie's Fund. Pictured greeting him at the finish are Ellies Fund youth committee girls Hannah Paley, centre left, and Holly Oliver, and the Sessions family, grandad Charles, left, mum Diane, dad Chris and grandma Christine, with Alison Lee, right, head of Year 11 at Scalby School. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121280a 24/03/12
Scalby School student David Sessions completes his Ravenscar to Spa run on Saturday, in aid of Ellie's Fund. Pictured greeting him at the finish are Ellies Fund youth committee girls Hannah Paley, centre left, and Holly Oliver, and the Sessions family, grandad Charles, left, mum Diane, dad Chris and grandma Christine, with Alison Lee, right, head of Year 11 at Scalby School. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121280a 24/03/12
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A SCARBOROUGH schoolboy is celebrating after completing a half marathon along the Yorkshire coast in memory of a fellow pupil.

David Sessions, 16, set off on his challenge from Ravenscar before running to Scarborough’s Spa in a time of just 1 hour 50 minutes.

The Scalby School pupil was running in memory of school friend Ellie Othick Bowmaker, who died at the age of 14 in 2010, after three years battling a brain tumour.

Had she lived Ellie and David would now be in Year 11 together at the school.

Through his run David has raised more than £600 for Ellie’s official charity Ellie’s Fund, which the brave youngster started herself by organising fundraising events in her lifetime.

David said: “Ellie was a good friend of mine, and I have done a few fundraising events for her.

“I am working towards my Duke of Edinburgh Award, so when it came to my physical assessment I decided to do something that could raise money for Ellie’s Fund at the same time.

“I have never run a half marathon before, but I was quite confident as I like running.

“It went really well on the day. I didn’t really ache too much, and I’m glad I have been able to raise so much for the charity.”

David was supported in his challenge by staff and pupils at Scalby School, with headteacher David Read planning a training programme for him.

Mr Read said: “I am extremely proud of David’s achievement, not just because he raised so much money for Ellie’s Fund but because the whole thing was his idea and he organised his training and sponsorship himself with minimum input from the school.”

David was also supported in his run by Scalby School’s head of history Andy Sutcliffe, who ran a lot of the route with David, including the home straight up to the finish at The Spa.