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STAFF COMPLETED THE 2021 LONDON MARATHON!

Published Tuesday 18th of January 2022 12:00:00 PM

After months of anticipation and training three intrepid members of our teaching staff completed the 2021 London Marathon.

Head of Hatton Adam Doherty, Assistant Head (Pastoral) Simon Smith and Head of Science David Worden ran with close to 50,000 other brave souls from Blackheath to the Mall. In clement weather apart from a heavy downpour in the late afternoon Adam completed the course in 4 hours and 44 minutes and says “‘Thank you for all the support and kind donations over the last few weeks. It was a great event that I really enjoyed and feel proud that I made it to the finish line in one piece! The plan for this weekend is to lie down and recover!’ David managed to run home in an incredible 2 hours 50 minutes which he was quite(!!) pleased with after a shaky build up post COVID. David said “ It was brilliant to see crowds returning and the support along the course was amazing. My time should get me a 'Good for age entry' for next year which I am already excited about!” He has also been blown away by the generous comments of staff, pupils and parents alike. Simon completed the course in a PB of 4 hours 28 minutes and was staggered at the level of support along the streets from start to finish. “I saw the best of humanity and community spirit today. I must have high-fived hundreds of people along the way.” Simon also carried one of our Farringtons Bears who is now, perhaps, the only school teddy bear to have run the London marathon!

The Farringtons family wish to congratulate all 3. Our pupils have been highly impressed by their achievements and it’s been nice to see them in not too much discomfort when back in the classroom.

If any member of the Farringtons community still wishes to donate to their chosen charities it’s not too late. Adam was running for the Teenage Cancer Trust https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AdamDoherty55/1 whilst Simon was running for Carers Worldwide https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SimonSmith191 Part of a group of 4 running for the charity they have collectively raised nearly £5000 (they’re hoping we can go beyond that) With this money they might set up a Community Caring Centre in India, which would provide education and therapy for 12 children with disabilities and respite for their carers - allowing them time for a break or time to work and earn money to support their families.
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