Ilkeston teacher takes on marathon for charity

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A teacher at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy completed the London Marathon and raised £2,600 for charity.

Lesley Lowe finished the race in just under six hours and the money raised will go to the charity Health, Poverty, Action.

Students and staff had supported Mrs Lowe’s fundraising efforts by taking part in a non-uniform day, coffee morning and a sponsored fitness challenge.

They travelled as far as they could in ten minutes on cross-trainers, bikes and treadmills as part of a staff versus student challenge in the academy’s fitness suite.

Mrs Lowe said she was thrilled to surpass her £2,000 target and wanted to thank everyone who supported her. So far, she has raised £2,600.

She said: “It was amazing. The crowds were phenomenal. My name was on my top and as I ran past people were shouting my name which was lovely. It was so noisy at Tower Bridge. I struggled at about 18 to 20 miles and I walked for a bit. I managed to see my family at eight, 18 and 22 miles which gave me a real boost.

“The whole event exceeded my expectations and I was pleased with my time considering the weather. The next day I was hobbling around in school, my legs felt like they were broken. I was so pleased to reach my fundraising target.”