AN energetic Stourbridge headmaster has raised more than £1,000 for the Alzheimer's Society after successfully running his first marathon.

Paul Kilbride, headmaster at Old Swinford Hospital, ran the first-ever Birmingham International Marathon in five hours 12 minutes on Sunday (October 15).

He described the gruelling road race, the city's first marathon in three decades, as "definitely "a game of two halves", adding: "The second half had its fair few challenges."

The 43-year-old was joined by colleagues Pete Teale, the school's catering manager, who finished in four hours and one minute, and music teacher Russell Collins who completed the race in an impressive three hours 48 minutes. Both ran the event for fun, having completed numerous races in the past.

Mr Kilbride said he wanted to run for the Alzheimer's Society "as it has not only impacted on the lives of members of our own community at OSH but it is something our pupils need to be aware of and understand so they may contribute to how we manage it in the future".