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Teens tackle big race to support Red Cross

Runners for rentals: Warwick Academy’s Kip Malpas, Brian Darling and Alex Mason, all 16

Three Warwick Academy students are going above and beyond the call of duty for charity by running the Appleby Bermuda Half-Marathon Derby to raise funds.

Kip Malpas, Brian Darling and Alex Mason, all 16, have been volunteering at the equipment rentals department of the Bermuda Red Cross, which provides low-cost rentals on medical equipment, since last year.

Kip told The Royal Gazette: “We know that the rentals department is in need of funds to refurbish some of the equipment that they have there. Not a lot of money goes to that department.

“I decided I wanted to run the marathon anyway and then I convinced Alex and Brian to do it with me. We thought if we are going to do it we might as well raise some money and do it for a good cause.

“Rentals gives people access to that type of stuff. Giving people access to equipment that is normally really expensive for a cheap price is definitely something that is beneficial to Bermuda.”

Kip said he and his marathon team had been preparing for the big day and were feeling confident, adding: “We have been training since the beginning of February after school and on weekends we have been going out and getting our runs in.

“We did Warwick Academy to Dockyard for Middle to End just for practice. We felt pretty good doing that, so we had a couple more long runs before next week and then we have the big day. We are all feeling pretty good. I have done the relay but I have never actually run the whole thing.”

Anyone wishing to donate can do so through the Bermuda Red Cross.