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Hopton teacher and son cover almost 1,000 miles combined in Norfolk town challenge

A mother-and-son team have covered hundreds of miles as part of an endurance fundraiser covering the distances to every town in Norfolk.

Toby Jones, 21, who is a student at Exeter University, and his mother, Kate, a primary school teacher from Hopton Primary School, raised more than £1,500 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each) during the challenge.

Toby cycled to every one of the 30 towns in the county, covering 500 miles, with his mum matching the distances by running along roads near her home.

Mother and son team cycles to every town in Norfolk
Mother and son team cycles to every town in Norfolk

She said: “I was needing to run between 50 and 60 miles a week to keep up with Toby. As I was back in school teaching Year 6, who returned for the final half-term, I had to run every day after school. This ranged from three to 10 miles.

“It was relentless and was definitely more than I realised when I merrily said I’d run the same distance.

“I had to run whatever the weather and, for the achievement, I did make sure I’d run around 500 miles by the end of August.”

The idea was initially put forward by Toby in March during the first lockdown,

Having returned home from university, he was studying online and had a part-time job, but still felt he wanted to take on an extra project.

As he cycled, Toby filmed his journey, documenting the history of landmarks along the way.

He chose to raise funds for Each as his grandmother had formerly been a volunteer at an Each charity shop for many years.

The pair covered a combined total of 940 miles during their challenge, helping to support a charity which has forecast a loss of £1.7 million in funding over the next 12 months.

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