Two Members of Huntcliff School staff will be putting their best foot forward this weekend when they run the London Marathon.
Receptionist, Belinda Guy, and Geography teacher, Malcolm Marshall, will both be tackling the gruelling 26-mile challenge for charity on Sunday 26 April.
Belinda was allocated a charity place, which meant she had to raise at least £1,600 for her chosen charity Muscular Dystrophy UK to be able to take part.
She said: “I’ve always watched the marathon n on TV and thought to myself and would like to run it one day.
“I successfully applied for a charity place to the Muscular Dystrophy UK charity and I have had to raise £1600.
“Muscular Dystrophy UK is a charity I have raised money for before. It is a charity close the hearts of myself and my family as our boy Ben has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
“Ben was 2 years old when he was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, he is now 20 years old and a true inspiration to others as he has defied the norm and is still individually mobile.”
With the support of her family and friends, as well as students and colleagues from Huntcliff, Belinda reached her target in just three months. And she has now far surpassed it!
She added: “My family and friends have been behind me all the way and some of them will be heading down to London to cheer me on. I have had huge support from friends, family, students and work colleagues from Huntcliff School, helping and supporting me with fundraising events and training plan. The school allowed me to hold various fundraising events, including a Halloween disco. Our local pub, The Green Tree in Messingham, was also fantastic, holding a karaoke night to help boost my target. Between them, all of these people helped me exceed my £1,600 target in three months. My current fundraising total is now £2,498.30.”
Belinda is hoping to run the marathon in around four-and-a-half hours. She has been running for five years but this is her first attempt at running a marathon.
She said: “My main aim is to complete it still standing! I would like to finish around the 4hours 30minutes.”
Malcolm has previously completed the marathon once before in 1984. He wanted to run again in 2014 to mark 30 years since he first managed the challenge. But he didn’t manage to get a place. However this year he successfully made it following a ballot held by Scunthorpe Running Club.
He said: “I applied to the general ballot for a place in the 2015 race, but was unsuccessful. However, running clubs are awarded so many places in the marathon and I was successful in the ballot held by Scunthorpe Running Club.”
A keen runner, Malcolm is taking part in a number of races this year: “I have been following a training plan since December last year, running most day during the week and longer runs over the weekend.”
He added. “The marathon is only part of a long list of races I will be attempting this year. I will be running the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon on the Sunday after the London Marathon!”
Malcolm is raising money for the Edale Mountain Rescue team who provide a vital service in the Peak District.
He said: “I climb and walk regularly In the Peak District and though I personally have not had to use a mountain rescue team, it is comforting to know that there is a band of volunteers that can be relied upon should things go wrong.”
Edale is also the location for the Huntcliff’s annual Year 7 trip.
And Malcolm is hoping to beat his marathon time from 1984, adding: “I achieved 4hrs 6mins in 1984, this year I would like to break the 4hr mark.”
You can track both Belinda and Malcolm on the day of the Marathonusing their race numbers via the marathon website, or via the London Marathon App.
We wish them both the very best of luck and can't wait to hear all about their experience next week!