School children, teachers and parents alike were thrilled to see George the Mouse arrive, but their delight turned to surprise when the 6ft mouse lined up alongside the children to take part in the races.
Enquiries revealed that George is in training for this year’s Hospiscare Breakfast Run, which is taking place on 30 September at Knightshayes Court, near Tiverton and is kindly sponsored by Brightsea Print Group. He knows there will be some fit cuddly toys and their owners taking part, and fears getting left behind at the start.
Those wanting to join George on the run are invited to turn up in their pyjamas if they wish (it’s not compulsory) and bring their teddies or other furry friends to run, jog or walk the 5k or 10k routes through the beautiful parkland of the Knightshayes estate.
To boost early-morning energy levels, water and bananas will be on offer before the start, while on return a delicious bacon butty, or vegetarian alternative, and a hot drink will be available from the Stables Cafe.
Organiser Sharon Ewart said: “The Breakfast Run is a family-friendly event open to all ages, and to dogs too, and there is no pressure to get round. We want people to have a fun time in the beautiful countryside around Knightshayes while raising funds for Hospiscare. It’s a perfect start to an autumn Sunday.
“You can sign up online at www.breakfastrun.org.uk or by calling us on 01392 688020. Entry is £17 for an adult and £12 for a child under 16, who must be accompanied. For a family of two adults and two children entry is £45, or £55 for a team of four.”
Asked to comment on George’s unusual training regimen, Sharon said: “I’ve seen George recently and he was a bit coy about how and where he intends to continue his training. But if you see him out and about, do give him a wave.”
Hospiscare provides outstanding specialist care for adults with terminal illnesses, and support for their carers and families in Exeter, Mid and East Devon. A gift to Hospiscare in your Will helps to ensure the future of the charity for generations to come.