Teachers’ Tower-to-Tower charity trek

Setting off on a 262mile run Russell and Sarah Flynn at the Tower of London

Setting off on a 262mile run Russell and Sarah Flynn at the Tower of London

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After finishing a marathon school term, English teacher Sarah Flynn thought up a novel way for her and her husband to spend their school holidays, running from one famous tower to another.

The husband and wife team kept each other on check as they took on a gruelling 262 miles between the Tower of London and Blackpool Tower, the equivalent of 10 marathons, over five days.

The run tested us both physically, mentally and emotionally throughout but we were spurred in constantly by well wishes and donations from friends and family and by the thought of how the money raised would help the teenagers in our chosen charity

Sarah Flynn

It was the first time the secondary school teachers from Preston had attempted a full marathon and Sarah,head of English at Longridge High School said to run five each, certainly ‘tested their limits.”

The duo set out on the run for a fundraising mission to raise vital funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity close to their hearts having both taught children suffering with the disease.

Sarah said: “As keen runners we thought a running challenge would be the perfect way to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust.

“However, the added challenge was that neither of us have ever run a marathon before.

“Our furthest distance up until the challenge was a half marathon.”

Sarah alongside PE teacher Russell from Baines High School in Poulton set off on August 11, pounding the pavements through London to Hitchin, through to Market Harborough and Derby, before making theur way to Manchester and then their final destination Blackpool.

A group of family and friends gatherd at the tower to welcome them.

“The run tested us both physically, mentally and emotionally throughout but we were spurred in constantly by well wishes and donations from friends and family and by the thought of how the money raised would help the teenagers in our chosen charity.”

Sponsorship money is still coming in but we are currently at the total of £1517.58.

A highlight of the run was on the first day when we managed to go pitch side at White Hart Lane - a very kind security man offered to take our pictures as we passed by.

Our recovery since finishing on Saturday is going well and bar a few black toes, swollen ankle and blisters we are relatively injury free. However, it is safe to say that our trainers will be hung up for at least a fortnight.