Wednesday, 13 July 2016 00:00

Gresham’s teachers go the extra mile for charity

Written by  Louise Cowell
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Gresham’s teachers, Chris Cox, Ben Green and David Saker will take on their first ‘Ultra Marathon’ in August to raise money for two charities.

Chris, Ben and David have signed up to take part in the ‘South Coast Challenge’ during the August Bank Holiday weekend and are hoping to complete the gruelling off road 100kms from Eastbourne to Arundel in less than fifteen hours.

Chris and Ben are running for ‘Thinking of Oscar’, a charity which aims to improve the experiences of young children and their families while they are in hospital care and to provide for the development of research and development into and the provision of improved diagnostic techniques and technology for paediatric care.

David is taking part in the challenge to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society which seeks to support people suffering from dementia and to fund world-class research with the ultimate goal of defeating it.

With the enormity of the task now looming large, the three men have been upping their training with six hour (plus) training runs and strength training in the gym to try to prevent injuries. Chris, Ben and David have found that finding suitable terrain in north Norfolk to train on in anticipation of the hills of Beachy Head and the South Downs Way is a challenge in itself! The three have been experimenting with nutrition and how best to sustain energy levels during the challenge and Chris’ five year old son, Alfie, has been supporting his Dad’s efforts with his very own park run. 

Head of History, Chris Cox, spoke of his reasons for taking up the challenge: “As a father of three young children, I appreciate what an important, noble and unfortunately necessary charity ‘Thinking of Oscar’ is and I am really looking forward to running for them.  It’s a huge challenge, but raising money to help families in their hour of need will make every single kilometre worthwhile”.

Gresham’s Head of Biology, Ben Green, added:  “As friends of Oscar’s parents, David and Hannah, Thinking of Oscar is a charity close to my heart.  David and Hannah’s desire to improve the experience for children and their families while they are in hospital is one that I wholeheartedly support and I hope to raise more awareness for the charity by taking part in the South Coast Challenge”.

Head of Physics, David Saker, explains why he is undertaking the Ultra Marathon: “Almost a quarter of a million people are diagnosed with dementia each year in the UK and its prevalence continues to rise. It is a devastating disease which my family has sadly experienced first-hand. I will be running to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society who provide support and hope to families such as mine, and in memory of my Nan, Beryl, who died earlier this year with advanced dementia.”

To support the teachers as they prepare to undertake the South Coast Challenge, donations can be made to 

https://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Cox-SCC2016

https://www.justgiving.com/David-Saker,

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/benjamingreenTOO

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Chris Cox training with his son

 

Last modified on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 17:53

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