A marathon fundraising challenge for Sarah and Chris
Two Telford College tutors are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for charity by running the London Marathon next month.
Sarah Painter and Chris Davies will both be making their debuts in the iconic race when they take their places on the starting line on April 22.
And for Sarah, a placement supervisor, assessor and teacher of early years courses at the college’s Haybridge and King Street campuses, it will be the first time she has tackled a marathon anywhere.
Sarah, who like Chris is hoping to complete the race in around five hours, said: “I started running four years ago at Lawley Running Club’s ‘couch to 5k’ programme.
“I’ve completed seven half marathons, one metric marathon (26kms) and numerous 5k and 10k races and events, raising money for a selection of causes including Cancer Research, The Anthony Nolan Trust, Severn Hospice, and MIND.
“My current charity is The Outward Bound Trust, which supports disadvantaged young people to realise their potential through experiences in the great outdoors.”
Sarah, who was a student herself at Telford College in the 1990s, said: “The thought of my friends and family waiting for me at the end will spur me on.
“Running has really changed my life. I am much happier, healthier and have some great new friends. The Outward Bound Trust gives opportunity for others to do the same.”
Father-of-four Chris Davies, from Admaston, works in the training kitchen at the college’s King Street campus – and taking part in the race is a case of seventh time lucky.
He said: “I was 50 in October, and after applying to enter the London Marathon for the previous six years and missing out on the ballot, I decided the only way would be a charity place.
“After an accidental discussion on the playground at my daughter’s school with Julia Allinson, a mother who is also head of marketing at Pandas foundation, she said they had a place available for me.
“It’s a great charity, based in Oswestry, supporting families who suffer with prenatal and post-natal depression.”
He added: “I have been a runner since the age of 14 but I broke a bone in my foot in 2016 and did not run for the whole year. My health and weight suffered so at the start of last year I started a healthy eating fitness campaign which included running again.
“Since starting this new way of life I have lost over three and a half stones in weight, and lots of inches from my waist. Training has been going well; I’ve been doing up to 45 miles a week.”
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To donate to Sarah’s appeal, see https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sarah-painter5. To support Chris, go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/chrisdavies50