New Year, New Challenges...

Our History teacher Kelly Roscoe has set herself a challenge for 2020.  If you can, please support her by sponsoring using the link provided to her Just Giving page.


In April 2019 I absent-mindedly added my name to a ballot. Thinking nothing more of it I enjoyed my summer and continued with my teaching. One day a large envelope dropped on my doormat containing a magazine, a magazine that had two simple words on the front……’You’re In’ and a picture of a maniacal looking robot.

Needless to say, at that point, I could just about run a bath. However, on 26th April 2020 I will be running 26.2 miles as part of the 40th anniversary London Marathon. Training began in September and I’m pounding the roads every week without fail.

So why did I pop my name into a ballot that will push my abilities to their absolute limit? My sister. In 2006 my younger sister was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and just twelve months later, at the age of 24, it took her life. A former pupil of mine, from my NQT year (a ‘while’ ago) has also been diagnosed with a terminal tumour at the age of 28. Brain tumours are the most under funded form of cancer, and despite my ballot place meaning I do not have to raise funds for a charity, I decided that this once in a lifetime event had to do as much good as possible.

I have to say that fundraising is not easy. I have a new found respect for charities and PTAs. I have been spending my days sending letters and emails to every company/business I can think of to gently persuade them to donate towards a raffle I will be running in January. Running is tough as well, but it if we always stay within our comfort zones, we will never know what we are truly capable of. A lot of this race will be won in my head rather than by my feet.

If any of you are local to the marathon route then get out and cheer on those runners, including me, and have some oxygen on standby – I may need it!

All I know is I will finish that race, even if I have to crawl over the finish line and I will raise as much money as I can doing it. For my sister.