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Thursday, 16 September 2010
Mr Marc Tillotson, Biology teacher at Bolton School Boys'
Division, really is going the extra mile for his pupils as he gets
into serious training in order to run the Kielder Marathon on 17
October. His fundraising effort will raise money so that
Sixth Form students can visit Indonesia on a Biology field trip in
July 2011. Marc said: "I have run three marathons before but my
training is a bit behind schedule. Come the day, I will be
ready though and it should be a stunning setting to run a marathon
on the 26 mile path around Kielder Water in Northumberland."
The money raised will go towards the travel expenses to
Indonesia. Buton Island is just off Sulawesi and where the
boys need to reach in order to start Operation Wallacea.
Given its remote location it will take three days of travel from
the UK to reach it. In the first week, students will spend time in
the rainforest assisting with conservation work and research. For
the second week they will move to the Wakatobi National Park to
study the marine ecosystems and study life beneath the waves
helping protect the extensive coral reefs in the region.
Operation Wallacea is a series of biological and conservation
management research programmes that operate in remote locations
across the world. These expeditions are designed with specific
wildlife conservation aims in mind - from identifying areas needing
protection, through to implementing and assessing conservation
The surveys appear in a large number of publications in
peer-reviewed journals each year and have resulted in 30 vertebrate
species new to science being discovered, 4 'extinct' species being
re-discovered and $2 million levered from funding agencies to set
up best practice management examples at the study sites.
The expeditions are now operating in 8 countries: Indonesia,
Honduras, Egypt, Cuba, South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar and
Peru. In each country a long-term agreement is signed with a
partner organisation e.g. Honduran Coral Reef Foundation in
Anyone wishing to sponsor Mr Tillotson, should contact him at:
**Postscript to the story: on 17 October Mr
Tillotson ran the Kielder Marathon in a time of 3 hours and 27
seconds and finished 18th in the race!**
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