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Andrea Cashell and Sarah James raise hundreds for charity after Chester Marathon efforts

Andrea Cashell and Sarah James raise hundreds for charity after Chester Marathon efforts

A pair of Rydal Penrhos staff members raised hundreds of pounds after completing a gruelling marathon.

After weeks of training, Sarah James and Andrea Cashell tackled the MBNA Chester Marathon earlier this month, and were running to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease.

This is a cause which is close to the heart of Miss James, with father and former Principal Michael James passing away in 2009 as a result of the disease.

She said: “I think it is safe to say I am never going to do a marathon again, it was absolute hell.

“I started to hit the wall around mile 24 and the pain that ran through my body was absolutely unbelievable.”

Both staff members managed to complete the 26.2 mile course, and for their efforts they have managed to raise a total of £885 for the charity.

Mr James took up his position as Principal of the new Rydal Penrhos School in April 1999 and was given the responsibility to effect the merger of both Rydal and Penrhos College.

The Penrhos site was closed in 1999 and the transfer of girls to the Rydal site took place in September that year.

He gave up his role in 2007 and had a huge impact on the school during his time at the helm.

Deputy Head Tim Cashell, who was present to cheer on his wife Andrea, added: “Everyone at Rydal Penrhos is incredibly proud of both Andrea and Sarah for completing the marathon, and they managed to raise a considerable amount as the whole school community got behind them.”

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