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Fostering Great South RunA team of fostering staff from the Isle of Wight Council have helped raise awareness of fostering by competing in The Great South run at the weekend. 

Wearing eye catching pink and orange running vests promoting the fostering service, the team of seven joined over 25,000 other athletes in Portsmouth.

Social worker Alex Day put in an incredible performance, finishing 65th overall, just 12 minutes behind the overall men’s winner.

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Husband and wife team John and Valerie Marsek both completed the run in around two hours, with John just edging home ahead.

The other team members of Mat Penney, Jamie Brenchley, Janet Paine and Gemma Elford also performed well, each completing the course in good times.

The team were also joined by John Coughlan, director of children’s services, and Steve Crocker, deputy director of children’s services, as well as members of Hampshire County Council’s fostering service who wore the same vests to promote fostering.

If you are interested in finding out more information regarding fostering, contact the Isle of Wight Council’s fostering team on 01983 823160 or log on to www.iwight.com/fostering.

The team will also be visiting several town centres with a fostering roadshow in the new year, giving information and advice to residents. Details of these and locations will be published in due course.

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