Teachers boost charity farm funds with marathon success

Published: Monday April 29, 2024

Teacher Alice Tredgett standing outside, holding her London Marathon 2024 medal Two primary school teachers from James’ C of E Junior School, Gloucester ran impressive times in the London Marathon last weekend, raising over £140 for St James City Farm and Riding School as part of the school’s commitment to supporting their local community.

Year 4 teacher Alice Tredgett ran the marathon in 3:03:52, more than 10 minutes under the qualifying time for the championship entry of the 2025 London Marathon. Year 5 teacher Justin Hutchinson also completed the marathon with a time of 3:37:55.

Both teachers are enthusiastic runners, having run multiple marathons and ultra-marathons in the past.

Miss Tredgett said: “Running a marathon is both mentally and physically exhausting. Some say it is the victory lap after all the hours and miles put in to training, though in reality it is so much more than that.

“Resilience and dedication have been required in abundance over several weeks and months, as dark, cold and early mornings and 60 mile weeks became regular and familiar occurrences. ”

The schoolchildren at St James’ have been tracking their progress in maths and geography lessons, working out that Miss Tredgett and Mr Hutchinson ran 1510.67 Miles during their training, coincidentally equalling the distance between Gloucester and Athens, the birthplace of the Marathon.

Mr Hutchinson said: “The children showed immense joy and encouragement throughout but especially on the week of the marathon, creating flags to wish us good luck and to wave at their televisions at home. The whole school re-watched during worship the following Monday, cheering as they saw us cross the finish line.”

Headteacher of the school Simon Millington said: “Our value this term at St James is ‘Perseverance’. This could not be more appropriate for them both as they have maintained excellent standards of teaching whilst running miles and miles for hours on end during training sessions both before and after school. An exceptional achievement from them both.”

The duo have raised £143 of their £500 target on Just Giving for St James City Farm and Riding School. The Farm offers hands-on farm experiences for inner city children and their families, allowing them to see and interact with farm animals and ponies.

The tiny riding school offers 1-1 lessons to underprivileged children, introducing them to horse care and riding basics. The farm relies on donations, volunteers, and community support to provide these popular and enriching services for local children.

It is currently closed due to staffing changes and required maintenance.

Mr Millington commented: “Here at St James’ we work very closely with the local community, ‘Developing a love of life and learning in a caring Christian community’. This is why it was very appropriate that Alice and Justin decided to raise money for the local city farm — it’s somewhere we have always worked very closely with and it’s been having a few struggles of late.”

Miss Tredgett explained: “Raising money for the much-loved St James’ City Farm was a privilege as it provides fantastic opportunities for our children and the local community, from experiencing and interacting with nature, through reduced reliance on technology to experiencing an emotional response to what they can see and feel there.”

The Just Giving page is still open to donations and can be found here.

 

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