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Dad committed to marathon after son's winning medal design

Ian Hughes 8th May, 2018

A SCHOOLBOY with an eye for design is making his dad sweat.

Archie Marson-Bacon, a pupil at King Edward VI School, won a competition to design the medals for those competing in the Stratford Rotary’s Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday (May 13).

At the end of the race Archie will have the honour of presenting each runner with the medal he designed – and one of those will be his father Colin.

Following his triumph, Archie’s dad has signed up for the half marathon, having promised Archie that he would take part if his son won the medal competition.

Archie’s design was chosen out of 200 submitted to Stratford Rotary’s Medal Design competition.

Pupils were given the criteria of including the Rotary’s 90th Anniversary in Stratford and adding an image or text they believed best represented Rotary, the marathon or the town of Stratford.

Stratford Rotary Club president Ian Reid said: “This year, Rotary celebrates 90 years since its formation in the town, and as the marathon is our biggest fund-raising event, we thought it would be great to do something special to commemorate our 90th birthday.

“The competition was successful – we had so many entries and such a high standard of designs, it was difficult to choose. Archie’s medal is truly outstanding and we are delighted to showcase his talent at The Shakespeare Marathon.”

Archie’s dad Colin will be running for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The 51-year-old said: “I have never run anything greater than 5k before, and that was many years ago, but training has started with 11 days to go. I have to do this, and I will hopefully be spurred on when I see my total rising on Just Giving.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/colinbacon-runs-rotaryshakespearehalfmarathon to sponsor Colin.

Thousands of runners are due to take place part in this year’s marathon. It raises thousands of pounds for local charities, including The Shakespeare Hospice, Stratford Samaritans, Lifespace Trust and ESH Works.

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