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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Swansong challenge for Eaglesfield teacher Ed

There’s one question being avidly discussed in the playgrounds of Eaglesfield Paddle Primary Academy – exactly how strong is Mr Strong?

RUNNING MAN: Ed Strong, a teacher at Eaglesfield Paddle School, with pupils Josie Sims and Jack Mounsey

Teacher Ed Strong is leaving the school, near Cockermouth, after 10 years.

But before departing to work at St Herbert’s Primary School, Keswick, he wants to mark his decade at Eaglesfield Paddle by raising some money for its forthcoming bicentenary celebrations.

Mr Strong, a keen fellrunner, has come up with a challenge that involves scaling Cumbria’s 10 highest peaks, covering a distance of 37 miles and ascending a total of 4,480m. He has asked the children to make donations and to guess how long it will take him.

Mr Strong, 33, of Greysouthen, said: “I wanted to leave something to the school and thought this would be the perfect way. There has been a lot of excitement, and estimates so far range from a few hours to a few days.

“This is my first school and I feel like I have grown up here and learned a lot.”

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