Pupils at Hill View Primary in Banbury have been getting behind their teachers’ training for the London Marathon.
Year 1 teacher Sharon Darke has enlisted her pupils in her training sessions as she prepares to take part in her third marathon. Pupils across the school are taking it in turns to complete a run around the school field. Children in nursery school and foundation stage classes have been given the challenge of running half a mile, whilst older pupils are running between 1 and 2 miles.
The pupils are running alongside Sharon, who is approaching the end of her marathon training ahead of the 2019 run in the capital. Her decision to tackle the distance once again rose out of her desire to raise money for two charities very close to her heart.
The first is the Oxfordshire Children’s Diabetes Service, based at the John Radcliffe and Horton General Hospital, which has helped to care for Samuel, Sharon’s teenage son, since his diagnosis. The second is the Twins and Multiple Birth Association Bereavement Group, which she helps coordinate. Sharon’s twin boys were born at 26 weeks and lived for a short while 19 years ago.
Speaking of the school running venture, one Year 1 student said:
“I ran one mile with Mrs Darke. I am proud because I was running very fast. My legs were whizzing and I was trying very hard. It was the best day ever.”
Year 1 teacher Sharon Darke said:
“I am seriously impressed with the pupils at Hill View Primary School for their hard work and commitment in completing their runs over the past few weeks. Each and every one of them rose to the challenge and encouraged each other to keep going until they reached the finish line.
“I would like to thank all of the parents and children for their support – thinking of them and my two charities will definitely keep me going over those final few miles on marathon day!”
Claire Ferens, Head Teacher at Hill View Primary School, said:
“At Hill View Primary School, we work hard to deliver an Education with Character to all of our pupils by giving them opportunities to take on challenges, develop new skills and strengthen their teamwork capabilities, like this marathon training exercise. We are so proud of all of our children for their concerted efforts over the past few weeks and would like to wish Mrs Darke the best of luck for her upcoming run – we can’t wait to try and spot her on the television wearing our school logo!”