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Running to success
Exeter Junior School Headmistress Sue Marks and her daughter, alumna Amy Marks, are celebrating completing the
Brighton Marathon last month (April) for charity.
The duo raised money for The Children’s Society and MIND, in support of the school’s charity bike ride from John O’ Groats to Land’s End over the summer.
Sue said she was very proud that she and her daughter, 2013 Exeter School leaver Amy, completed the marathon for two such good causes.
“Both charities are meaningful to us particularly as my mother used to do a lot of work with MIND when she was alive, so it is even more special to raise funds for these worthwhile causes,” she said.
  Donations can be made via the school’s JOGLE fundraising link - please mention Sue and Amy:
Celebrated as a major annual fixture in the Stamford Endowed Schools’ calendar, the Burghley Run brought over 1,500 pupils from all three schools together at the same time. Pupils from Stamford Junior School were joined by boys and girls from Stamford High School and Stamford School all starting and finishing in the same place with different routes designed for different age groups.
The run, which varies in length depending on age, takes place on a specific route around Burghley Park and whilst it is a test of endurance and determination it is, more importantly, a celebration of the enjoyment of outdoor sport and running in the stunning surroundings of Stamford.
Director of Sport for the
Stamford Endowed Schools, Mark Nasey, said, “What a fantastic achievement by all pupils and
a sight to behold – over 1,000 students in the outdoors. The Burghley Run is a fantastic example of pupils coming together as one to enjoy sport no matter what age or ability. We believe that sport at the Stamford Endowed Schools can play a significant role in the overall happiness, health and well-being of all our pupils, which is so central to all we do here. To learn the enjoyment and reward that can be gained from
a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle from as early as reception years can be hugely beneficial in later life.”
  Two pupils from the Royal Hospital School, Suffolk, have raised money for the Whizz-Kidz charity by completing the London Marathon.
Kieran Farrer and Nathan Mellors took part in the 38th annual London Marathon, racing with 40,000 other competitors successfully completing the full course of 26.219 miles.
The two runners raced side-by-side in temperatures peaking at 24.1
°C up until mile 17 when Nathan started to feel the effects of the record-breaking heat. Feeling he
was holding Kieran back, who still looked comfortable, he told him to continue at his own pace. Kieran was able to finish the race in an admirable 4 hours 49 minutes and
A member of teaching staff at King’s Ely, Cambridgeshire, has raised almost £2,000 for a mental health charity by completing the London Marathon.
Claire Kyndt, Director of Learning Development and Teacher of Geography at King’s Ely Senior, was among the tens of thousands of runners who took on the gruelling 26.2 mile race in the capital.
It is the second year running that Claire has put her best foot forward in the marathon, not only to put her stamina to the test, but to also raise funds for the mental health charity, MIND. Claire, who lives in Ely, completed this year’s race in 5 hours and 31 minutes, and has so far raised an impressive £1,700 in sponsorship.
Nathan persevered to cross the line in 5 hours 38 minutes.
The pupils used the opportunity to raise money for charity and raised over £2,300 for the charity Whizz- Kidz. The charity aims to transform the lives of disabled children.
Pictured: Will Phelan, Principal of Stamford Endowed Schools and Emma Smith, Head of Stamford Junior School, with runners
        Speaking about the race, Claire
said: “It was brutal yet wonderful!
The heat was immense and it was
certainly the wonderful spectators
To sponsor Claire, please visit:
and fellow runners who pulled me through. People lose their way for a huge number of reasons and it is because of charities like MIND that many can get back on the right track. By supporting MIND, we
are opening a dialogue where it’s okay to talk about mental health, where it’s okay to admit that you’re struggling and where it’s okay to seek help.”
Fiona Betts, a Maths teacher at Moulsford Boys’ Prep School, Oxfordshire, completed the London Marathon dressed from head to
toe as a dog. In doing this she now holds the Guinness World Record for ‘Fastest Woman in a Full Body Animal Costume’.
Mrs Betts wanted to run the London Marathon for the Moulsford school charity, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, but the bar was raised when she agreed to
the boys’ idea of running it in a full dog costume. On the hottest Marathon day on record, Mrs Betts was a ‘hot dog’ and certainly felt the heat, but crossed the finish
line in an impressive 4 hours 13 minutes. She was even interviewed on camera by Gaby Logan!
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People train dogs to alert deaf people to important sounds and danger
signals, providing life changing levels of independence and confidence. Their dogs also help reduce the feelings of isolation and loneliness that deafness can bring.
Mrs Betts had a great deal of support from friends, family, colleagues and the Moulsford parent body and has currently raised over £3,000 for the charity.
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