Runners from a team including teachers, maintenance men, a school receptionist and a gardener from Sidcot School finished in the top 10 in a London Half Marathon last week. Sidcot’s Head of Science, Jim Scott, and Junior School teacher Mikki Coates were placed 8th and 7th for their age category when they took part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon. The team from the Quaker school finished 109th out of the 184 teams taking part in the corporate challenge.
The team of eight, many of whom had not run before, trained for a year and followed a 13.1 mile route which took them through central London and around the beautiful Royal Parks. The team has so far raised over £600 towards their £1,000 target for the cancer charity Macmillan, a cause which is important to the school as founder Douglas Macmillan was a member of their alumni (1897-1900).
The Sidcot runners had mixed fortunes on the day of the race, with two of the team unable to finish due to injury. Robert Layton, the school’s Deputy Maintenance Manager and running team leader said: “At Sidcot School even the staff are encouraged to ‘live adventurously’ and I'm so proud of everyone for giving it their best shot."
"Wherever you are placed on the day, nothing beats the camaraderie of running as part of a team and the support you give to each other.”
Anyone wishing to sponsor the Sidcot running team can still do so at www.justgiving.com/sidcotrunteam/