Scarcliffe teen funds marathon run with Christmas money

16-year-old Cullen Tebb has used his birthday and Christmas money to enter an ultra marathon so he can raise money for a children's cancer support charity
16-year-old Cullen Tebb has used his birthday and Christmas money to enter an ultra marathon so he can raise money for a children's cancer support charity

One 16-year-old has chosen to spend £120 of his Christmas gift money to enter a marathon to raise funds for the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Cullen Tebb, who lives in Scarcliffe, near Bolsover watched his dad entre a marathon last year and said he would like to enter so has signed up for the Race to the Stones Ultra Marathon in Oxfordshire in the summer.

His mum, Lindsey, said: “Most marathons will only accept people 18 or over but Cullen really wanted to take part so his dad found a marathon where 16-year-olds could entre if accompanied by an adult.”

The Bolsover High School pupil only turned 16 on Christmas Eve and signed up between Christmas and New Year.

Lindsey said: “He plays for three football teams so is quite fit and healthy but he will have to put in a lot of training to be do the marathon.”

The Race to the Stones is a 100km or 63 mile marathon along Britain’s oldest road and Cullen wants to complete the race between 12 and 16 hours.

“The entry fee was £120 which is a lot of money and instead of asking us to help him he has just used his Christmas and birthday money which we are so proud of him for doing.

“What teenager says no to spending his money on stuff he can enjoy now but enters a race to raise money for a cancer charity? Not many that’s for sure.”

Cullen will be competing the race in July for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice which offers palliative care and support to families who have a child or young person with a shortened life expectancy and complex medical needs.

The mum-of-three said there was no family connection with the charity but Cullen wanted to give something back and is determined to do the ultra marathon in a good time.

To donate to Cullen’s fundraiser click HERE