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Film producer to run London Marathon

Film producer to run London Marathon

Francis Batt

Film producer to run London Marathon

A film producer who has swam with sharks in the Bahamas and lived with an Ethiopian tribe is running the London Marathon this year to help underprivileged children.

Julian Phelan, 37, of Helena Road, Windsor wants to raise money for the charity Kids Company. He was introduced to it by an old school friend from Windsor Boys School Chris Eldridge.

The two raised £16,000 last year by climbing Pico Aneto, the highest peak in the Pyrenees.

Julian said: "We started at 5am in the morning and reached the peak 16 hours late.

"Kids Company looks after 14,000 children, providing after school clubs. I hope to raise a lot in this year's London Marathon, it will be the second time I have run it."

He grew up in Windsor and works as a film and television producer. He has been responsible for films set in some of the world's most potent spots - including Bosnia, Burma, Tibet and the Congo. He has a film currently in development that will hopefully be set in Afghanistan.

He spent a month living with a tribe in Ethiopia for one film and swam with sharks in the Bahamas for another.

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