Catterick soldier completes world record run to raise money for son’s school

Rocco Zecca and son Michael.

A Catterick Garrison soldier has set a new Guinness World Record and raised thousands for his son’s school in the process.

Rocco Zecca, from Hipswell, completed 28 half marathons in February — smashing the previous record for half marathons run in a month by eight.

Rocco, a WO2 based at Helles barracks, has raised in almost £10,000 in sponsorship by completing the challenge.

The money will go to Mowbray School, in Bedale, which his six-year-old son Michael attends.

Michael has autism which means he hears and processed the world differently to others.

Michael and wife Danielle said: “At age three we received his diagnosis. As first time parents we felt like we were failing at parenting, a non-verbal child who we could see was struggling to communicate with everybody around him.

“Then Mowbray School came along and in a short space of time changed Michael’s life, and our entire family’s life, for the better.

“They do not only strive to educate him daily but us too.”

Michael benefits from rebound therapy, which uses trampolines to provide therapeutic exercises to people with a wide variety of disabilities and additional needs.

Mowbray School are tying to raise £200,000 for a purpose built rebound building so that they can offer the therapy on a daily basis to all the students who would benefit from it.

Rocco has already raised more than £9,000 and hopes to raise more than £10,000 in total.

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