Pupils from Northwood College for Girls jumped at the chance to help their teacher prepare for this year’s Virgin London Marathon.
Year 4 Teacher, Andy Taylor, will be taking on the 26.2-mile course on April 22 and had some unexpected training partners as his pupils asked to help him prepare.
The girls who volunteered asked friends and family to sponsor them for every mile they would run with Andy.
Over four weeks, for 25 minutes each, the girls trained with Andy, aiming to complete as many laps of the school hockey pitch as possible. They had to run six and a half laps to run one mile with each lap being 250m.
The sponsorship collected by the pupils will help Andy towards his fundraising target as he raises money for the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre at Mount Vernon Hospital.
The Year 4 girls explained why they wanted to join in their teacher’s marathon training.
Beatrice said: “I wanted to train to help buy equipment, to help save lives and I also wanted to improve my fitness.”
Fatema-Zahra added: “This training has helped me become more fit; I’ve trained my teacher for the
London Marathon, raised money for the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre and most of all, saved people’s lives.”
To sponsor Andy, visit https://bit.ly/2qyRKeG