Mountain Creek State High School teachers and administration staff Todd Brutnell, Donna Lancaster, Tylene Thompson, Kirsty Levy, Peter Brock and Kylie Johnson will take part in a marathon to raise money for people with motor neurone disease.
Mountain Creek State High School teachers and administration staff Todd Brutnell, Donna Lancaster, Tylene Thompson, Kirsty Levy, Peter Brock and Kylie Johnson will take part in a marathon to raise money for people with motor neurone disease. Darryn Smith

Six step up to challenge of charity marathon

SIX Mountain Creek High School teachers are training to run the race of their lives for the lives of others.

The super six will run in the Gold Coast half and full marathons to raise money for people with motor neurone disease.

Money raised will go towards MND and Me, a charity which raises funds towards providing quality of life for people diagnosed with MND and contributes towards research for a cure.

Team organiser Kirsty Levy said she and her colleagues were motivated to run because of personal connections to the disease.

Kirsty knows Scott Sullivan, the 41-year-old Brisbane man who established MND and Me after being diagnosed with the debilitating illness in his late 30s.

Another teacher, Todd Brutnell, is friends with Mark Rowlinson, a local father who is fighting MND.

Todd and Peter Brock will run in the full marathon, while Kirsty, Donna Lancaster, Tylene Thompson and Kylie Johnson will run in the half marathon. Kirsty said running was a way of putting working legs to use for those whose legs didn't work any more. "We're running for people who can't," she said.

"We're privileged to have the gift of still being able to exercise."

The six do a long run together every Sunday and train three or four times during the week as well.



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