A staff member at Rydal Penrhos will be running this year’s London Marathon in aid of a regional hospice.
Andy Thomas, a Maths teacher at the school, will be taking on the gruelling 26.2 mile course to raise funds for St Kentigern Hospice on Sunday, April 22.
He is also running in memory of mother-in-law Pauline, who spent her final days at the Hospice almost a decade ago, and has found that running has played a significant role in his weight loss in the last 18 months.
Mr Thomas, said: “My amazing mother in law Pauline spent her last days there nearly ten years ago. Pauline was an amazing wife, mum, Gran and friend.
“In January 2017 I got off the weighing scales knowing I was heading towards 20 stone. With the help of Fit by First and the amazing Conwy Park Run I managed to do more exercise in 2017 than the previous ten years combined.
“Having stood on the weighing scales again at the start of 2018 to discover I was on the way to 17 stone it was clear that my weight and fitness is moving in the right direction. But 26.2 is a long way for a big boned man like myself to run!
“I'm not designed to run a long way. This is going to be tough.”
The teacher has set a target of £1,500 to raise from the run and he has received a fantastic response from Rydal Penrhos pupils from Netherton House, who managed to collect £100 for the cause from their own contributions.
Anyone wishing to sponsor Mr Thomas can do so at this link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=Andy_Thomas_London_Marathon4StKentigern&pageUrl=1