Budleigh teenagers tackle 24-hour marathon in support of visually impaired rugby teammate

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A pair of Budleigh Salterton teenagers have completed a 24-hour marathon to raise money for their visually impaired friend.

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The two 13-year-olds – Oliver Roper and Nate James – ran 26.2 miles over a 24-hour period to raise money for their rugby teammate who had to give up the sport due a degenerative eye condition.

Callum Craske has Retinitis Pigmentosa which causes most sufferers to lose their sight.

Oliver said: “We just wanted to do it for my mate Callum.

He’s a great rugby player but can’t play anymore.

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“We were planning on doing something like this but wanted to raise some money for a charity - Callum’s cause seemed obvious.”

Running through the night, they ran a mile every hour before resting and doing the next mile.

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They finished their challenge at Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club to a fanfare from members – the pair raised more than £1,000 for charity Retina UK.

To donate, go to the Justgiving page

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