Our Headteacher Mr Burton will be taking part in the London Marathon this Sunday, in support of Children with Cancer UK.
To support the charity, the school is having a non-uniform day today and students all received a Children with Cancer UK ribbon to wear for the day, with all funds raised going directly to the charity. We caught up with Mr Burton this week to discuss why he chose to support this charity and a little more about his preparations for the race.
“I chose to raise money for Children with Cancer UK not only because of the amazing work they do in funding research for young people who have been diagnosed with cancer and raising awareness of the disease, but also the incredible support they give the families when the child’s outcome is not good. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it can be an incredibly frightening experience, not only for the child, but also for their immediate and extended family. Whilst treatment normally starts pretty quickly, it is often miles away from home and can last for years. This amazing charity fund projects to provide better care and practical support for young cancer patients and their families.”
“I started my training properly just before Christmas and since then have built up to running three to four times per week, averaging around 30 miles. These have been a mixture of mid-pace, slower, longer runs normally on a Sunday morning and then some speed work in the week. Ultimately I know that the race will get really tough around miles 16 to 20 and whilst no amount of training can really prepare you for ‘hitting the wall’, it will be a huge comfort and motivation knowing that the run will have raised so much money for an incredible charity who change the lives of so many young people and their families across the country.”
If you wish to track him around the course, this can be done by downloading a free app on www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/event-info/spectator-info and by entering Mr Burton’s running number, which is 46552.
We wish Mr Burton the best of luck and will be giving him a big cheer when the race begins at 10:00am on Sunday.