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The Palmer Catholic Academy

The Palmer Catholic Academy

Mr Lalley's challenge

In aid of the 2.6 challenge,  the aim of which was to raise money for charities missing out on donations due to the London Marathon being cancelled this year, my partner and I took on a cycling and running challenge (of course)! Our goal was to cycle/run alternately, every hour, between 8am and 8pm on Sunday 26th April (this should have been the day of the London Marathon). This meant a total of five hours cycling with a one hour run (adhering to government guidelines). The charity we chose was Haven House children’s hospice in Woodford Green, who I am sure you have heard of and who work wonders for families looking after children and young people, from birth, who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. 

As it was a challenge, we didn’t want to make it easy for ourselves so we set a target of cycling 262km and climbing a total elevation of 2620m. This meant we were sticking with the 2.6 theme of the challenge (the marathon of course is 26 miles).

After 12 hours of hard work, pain, lots of carbohydrates, sugar and water we are thankful to say we managed to smash this target! We achieved a total distance of 282.7km and a total elevation of 3216m. This does not include the runs we both did, which also totalled roughly 20k.  To date, we have raised a magnificent £1,630, 

As you can see from the pictures below, this was by no means an easy challenge but we kept pushing through because we had so much support and backing from friends, family and all who donated. This is a lesson in motivation, determination and resilience and you should take this on board from when you are doing your school work to how to cope during these tough times. Even though things might be difficult (and it is ok for them to be difficult) we keep persevering and look to others for help and support to push us through the hard times.

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