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Marathon band march way into record books

Fulwood teenager Elizabeth Tranter took part in this year's London Marathon to raise funds for the charity Sense. Elizabeth, a former member of the Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra and Preston Harriers, is now a first year music student at Huddersfield University and tackled the course with Huddersfield Marathon Band, playing her clarinet throughout the 26.2 miles. The Band completed the course in 6 hours 57 minutes, going no longer than 30 seconds between tunes, which reclaimed their Guinness World Record from a German Band for fastest marching band to complete a marathon and raised at least �60,000 for Sense which supports deafblind people. In 2011 the Band secured the record of 7 hours 55 minutes, which was then broken by a German military band in 7 hours 22 minutes.

Fulwood teenager Elizabeth Tranter took part in this year's London Marathon to raise funds for the charity Sense. Elizabeth, a former member of the Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra and Preston Harriers, is now a first year music student at Huddersfield University and tackled the course with Huddersfield Marathon Band, playing her clarinet throughout the 26.2 miles. The Band completed the course in 6 hours 57 minutes, going no longer than 30 seconds between tunes, which reclaimed their Guinness World Record from a German Band for fastest marching band to complete a marathon and raised at least �60,000 for Sense which supports deafblind people. In 2011 the Band secured the record of 7 hours 55 minutes, which was then broken by a German military band in 7 hours 22 minutes.

A band is blowing their own trumpet after completing the London Marathon and breaking a world record.

Fulwood teenager Elizabeth Tranter took part in this year’s event to raise funds for the charity Sense, as part of the Huddersfield Marathon Band where she is a first year music student.

The former member of the Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra and Preston Harriers, played her clarinet throughout the 26.2 miles.

She said: “I decided to get involved with the band when I saw their stall at Freshers week.

“I had never done anything like it before and hadn’t marched in a band either.”

The band, who first broke the record in 2011 before a German military band claimed the titlem, completed the course in six hours 57 minutes, going no longer than 30 seconds between tunes, and raised at least £60,000 for the charity which supports deafblind people.

They crossed the finish line playing “The Great Escape”.

Elizabeth, who has been playing the clarinet since she was in the first year of secondary school, said: “I am very good at tripping over flat surfaces so it was a real challenge for me.

“We all started and finished playing together but in the middle we had to take it in turns so that we could keep to time without gettting tired.

“The runners around us said the music was really helpful for keeping a steady pace to.”

The Mayor of Huddersfield is now set to mark the band’s achievement with a Civic reception on April 14.

To support Elizabeth in this worthy cause please go to www.justgiving.com/Elizabeth-Helen-Tranter or text LIZT77 £3 to 70070.

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