Maths teach smashes fundraising target ahead of London Marathon tilt
13th April 2018

A staff member at Rydal Penrhos has exceeded his fundraising target ahead of a gruelling event later this month.

Andy Thomas, a mathematics teacher at the school, is in the final stages of training ahead of his tilt at the London Marathon, which is 26.2 miles on Sunday, April 22.

After initially setting a goal of £1,500 to raise for St Kentigern Hospice, the sum has now smashed through the £2,000 barrier ahead of the event, raising £2,104.50 in total.

He is running in memory of mother-in-law Pauline, who spent her final days at the Hospice almost a decade ago, and has found that the training has played a significant role in his weight loss in the last 18 months.

Mr Thomas boosted his total by holding a charity Comedy Night featuring UK Pun Championships winner Rob Thomas, and he has also received an enormous amount of support from Rydal Penrhos’ staff and pupils.

He 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!”

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