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Mastering the Malta Marathon

Diespeker recently sent a team to Malta to take part in the Malta Marathon, as part of ongoing fundraising efforts for teenage mental health charity, stem4.

MD John Krause was the only one in the team to take part in the full marathon, in a time of just under 3:54 coming in 15th in his age group. John’s run was slightly scuppered when he turned back to find a lost earbud! This was his 198th marathon, with just one more to complete prior to his 200th at the London Marathon.

Diespeker’s Senior Sales Manager Sydney Robertson finished the half marathon in an impressive 1:39 ranking 130th in his age group. MD John’s daughters also ran, with Lily Krause coming in 59th with a cracking time of 1:50, and Lara achieving just over 2:28.

Representatives from Diespeker’s marketing agency Terra Ferma Media joined the team to walk the half marathon. Photographer Nina Assam stormed in at just under 3 hours, just behind Yvette Nieslony from stem4!

This was a return visit to the island after a similar event in February 2020, just as the pandemic was taking hold. As a consequence of the pandemic, teenage mental health is in need of even more support. In 2022 alone, 18.0% of children aged 7 to 16 years and 22.0% of young people aged 17 to 24 years had a probable mental health disorder. stem4 promotes positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them, including families and carers, education professionals, along with school nurses and GPs through the provision of mental health education, resilience strategies and early intervention.

Provided primarily through digital channels, resources include Head Ed, an innovative education programme, 5 pioneering mental health apps, a clinically-informed website and mental health conferences for young people, education and health professionals that contribute to helping young
people and those around them flourish.

The combined team effort of runners and walkers from the charity has so far raised over £2,650.

We’re still taking donations, so please follow this link if you would like to support the work of stem4.

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