Hitchin runners race London 10k to raise money to build African school

Daniel Ludford, 33, Mark Woodhams, 32, Matt George, 30, Lawren Ellis, 33, Tommy Richards and Mark Ma

Daniel Ludford, 33, Mark Woodhams, 32, Matt George, 30, Lawren Ellis, 33, Tommy Richards and Mark Mardlin 49 - on the right kneeling down - Credit: Archant

A group of runners are taking part in a 10km race to raise £5,000 to build a new school in Gambia.

Roots Nursery School – a charity set up in 2009 to raise money for children in Gambia – was set up by Hitchin resident Mark Mardlin, a builder, after he visited the country in 2006.

A team of eight completed the British London 10k race - which goes through Westminster and the city of London - last year and raised almost £3,000 which was used to buy desks and chairs, blackboards, mosquito nets, healthcare and a crate of educational supplies for the school in Nemakonku.

Mr Mardlin said: “We are looking to buy a plot of land with the money raised from this year’s race and we would ask anyone interested to come along because it’s a great day out for a great cause.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the race, next Sunday, July 13, should contact Mr Mardlin on mark@rootsnurseryschool.org

To donate visit www.bmycharity.com/runningforroots2014