Lance Corporal James Wharton yesterday completed the Brighton Marathon in 4 hours 52 minutes, raising £4,000 for Stonewall.

A slightly tired James Wharton said: ‘It was a pleasure to run for a cause I’m passionate about – although pounding the streets in camouflage trousers and army boots in temperatures over 20 degrees was as hard as any army mission I’ve completed!’

Seven other runners joined James in running the Brighton Marathon on behalf of Stonewall, together raising over £7,000.

All funds go towards Stonewall’s Education for All campaign, which tackles homophobic bullying in Britain’s schools. Nine in ten teachers say their pupils currently experience homophobic bullying, but nine in ten have never received any training on how to tackle it. James Wharton, who has served in Iraq, is currently touring schools nationwide on behalf of Stonewall as a positive gay role model. He’s giving assemblies and chatting to teachers and pupils about joining the army and Stonewell’s anti-bullying campaign.

Stonewall’s next Brighton-based event will be the Brighton Equality Walk on Bank Holiday Sunday 1 May : www.equalitywalk.org.uk

To run for Stonewall in future marathons contact mariaanna.petrou@stonewall.org.uk / 020 7593 2294.

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