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Three marathons in three days

From Friday 7 – Sunday 9 October, two of the School’s teachers will tackle three marathons in three days, to help raise funds for the St John’s School Community Holiday.

Gloucester Housemistress Lise Parker and Nick Smith, the School’s Director of Music, will undertake the Atlantic Coast Challenge, following the coastal path from Padstow to Land’s End and battling with 2,300 of elevation gain.

Nick and Lise are no strangers to physical challenges. Nick has been running marathons for the last 16 years and completed the Two Oceans ultra-marathon last Easter in Cape Town. Lise has run marathons, competed in Iron Man events and has cycled vast distances, including Land’s End to John O’Groats and across the Pyrenees.

The St John’s School Community Holiday is a residential week-long break for 20 children with special needs aged between 10 and 18, run annually at St John’s, largely by Sixth Form volunteers. The holiday provides these children with a week of fun and a variety of activities, and allows their families and carers a week of respite care.

While three marathons in three days is no mean feat, we wish them the best of luck in completing the challenge, and reaching their target of £10,000 for the community holiday.

Updated: The School was sorry to hear that Lise suffered a stress fracture during training, and will be unable to take part in the challenge alongside Nick. She commented: “I so am disappointed that I can no longer take part in the Atlantic Coast Challenge. However, I am incredibly grateful for everyone’s supportive comments, and my thoughts will of course be with Nick throughout the weekend.”

If you would like to donate toward this worthy cause, please visit their Just Giving donation page.


Published on 30/09/2016

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