Mitchell goes extra mile for forces heroes

A TEENAGER whose ambition is to join the Royal Marines has shown his support for future comrades by taking part in a marathon charity effort.

Mitchell Harris, who turned 17 yesterday, spent his birthday running 26.2 miles around the Wrenn School field to raise funds for Help for Heroes.

The Wellingborough youngster was motivated to collect cash for the Armed Forces charity after recently applying to join the Marines.

He currently attends Wrenn School and school officials were keen to support his charity effort so he was allowed to use the sports field for the run.

Mitchell decided to run 105.5 laps of the 400m track at the school field because he is too young to take part in an official marathon.

Despite heavy rain yesterday morning, his dreams of wearing the green beret spurred on Mitchell to complete his run in four hours and 18 minutes.

Speaking as he ran around the field, Mitchell, of Bourton Way, said: “I wanted to raise money for Help for Heroes because I want to join the Marines, and one day it could be me who needs help from the charity.

“I want to raise about £1,000. My friends and family have all been very supportive.”

The lower sixth form student is also a keen sportsman and he plays rugby for the Wellingborough Colts.

His fellow rugby team members have been keen to support him by sponsoring Mitchell.

Crowds of Wrenn School pupils went out to cheer him on in the final stages of his run, and a few teachers even joined him for the last few laps.

His dad, Stuart Harris, who also joined in for the final few laps, said he was extremely proud of his son.

He said: “Mitchell has raised £500 so far and he’s hoping to raise £1,000. He chose Help for Heroes because he has applied to join the Royal Marines. I am very proud of him.”

Help for Heroes was founded in 2007 to help the wounded servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

People can support the charity by sponsoring Mitchell at www.justgiving.com/mitchell-harris.