From the Conwy Marathon to the Paris Marathon and not forgetting the renowned London Marathon, four colleagues from Ysgol Aberconwy have recently all successfully completed marathon achievements!
We caught up with each marathon runner to find out the details…
Lynn Jones, PA to the Headteacher, set herself the goal of completing her first marathon this year. After completing various half marathons, she wanted a bigger challenge. She decided to take part in the first ever Conwy Marathon, which included two incredible challenges being the Orme and Penrhynside Hill. As far as first marathons go, she certainly pushed herself to the limit with this one! Now the dust has settled Lynn explained “I’m extremely proud of my achievement and especially because I didn’t stop once! Although in the days following the event I had said I would never run another marathon again, I think I’ve caught the marathon bug, as I’ve entered the ballot for London 2020!”
Teacher Ricky Jones also shared Lynn’s achievement of completing his first ever marathon this year too although he took to the streets of London where he enjoyed the crowds who had gathered from across the world. He stated, “I was aiming for under four hours which I achieved so I’m delighted with that. I also raised over £2,500 for Save the Children, which is a fantastic amount to help such a worthy charity for the work they do with children across the UK and throughout the world.”
Hot on Ricky’s heels was another teacher called Liz Brookes, who joined Ricky and the other 42,547 runners who crossed the finishing line in London this year. Liz has applied 10 times to get a ballot place for the London Marathon and this year was her lucky year! Liz has completed a few marathons previously but as she describes, “nothing compares to the size and noise of London, it was such a unique experience. I was also running to raise awareness and money for Young Minds. The charity supports young people with their mental health and lobbies the government for more funding. I’d love to do the London Marathon again if I’m lucky enough to be given a place.”
Finally but by no means least is teacher Ann Bradshaw, who decided to visit the sights of Paris on her marathon achievement. Ann will also admit she’s a marathon chaser with next year’s place in the Paris Marathon already booked and another marathon in October this year! Catching up with Ann she explained “it doesn’t matter how many times I run a marathon, on the morning of the event I always feel very nervous and my stomach turns, but once the race gets underway and I settle down into a routine I start to enjoy it again. This year I also managed to raise £250 for Alzheimer’s Society which I’m really happy about too.”
So there you have it, four staff members and four marathon achievements! Well done to each and everyone one of you, as a school we’re proud of you all on your marathon achievements.