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TOP TEACHER: Garston headteacher takes on marathon to raise funds for school

 Published on: 9th May 2023   |   By: Megan Milstead   |   Category: Uncategorized

A headteacher from Garston feels “amazing” after completing the London Marathon on April 23.

Cheska Tyler, the head at Cherry Tree Primary School, smashed her £3,000 target and raised nearly £6,000 in total.

The money will go towards the school and its parent teacher association (PTA), and Cheska hopes they will be able to use the funds to take the whole school on a trip to the seaside.

Cheska said: “I feel amazing. I did it in just under five hours. I grinned from ear to ear for the whole 26 miles and it didn’t feel hard because I knew how on board everyone was and how with me they were. I’m relieved the pressure is over, but I’m grateful I’ve done it.

“The money will go towards our school and PTA. We’re trying to decide where it will go, but the dream is to take the whole school on a trip to the seaside to see the sea. If not, we’ll buy something that’s lasting for the playground.”

The schoolchildren helped Cheska in her fundraising mission by taking part in a mini-marathon on May 3, where each class ran one mile.

Cheska added: “The support I’ve had from the school has been phenomenal. The children at school have been helping me with their daily miles. We had a marathon day, and the children came to school in running kits. The children made good luck cards, banners and medals for me to take on my way.

“The staff set up a running club, called the Cherry Chasers. Lots of them were new to running and can now run 5km.

“I’m excited to see how many children go on to do their own running challenge.”

To donate, visit her JustGiving page.

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