The principal of Ripley Academy is to run the London Marathon and is encouraging students to do the same – without leaving the school grounds.
Carey Ayres has secured a ballot place in the race and will take part to raise money to create a sensory room for autistic students at the academy.
She has also asked students to get involved by signing up to run or walk the marathon distance of 26.2 miles over 10 weekly sessions.
The students will be sponsored and accompanied during the sessions by Mrs Ayres who will be running alongside them as part of her training.
She said: “I applied for a ballot place in the London Marathon last April and found out I had got in at the beginning of October.
“I don’t have to raise money to take part, I could just run for myself but I decided it would be a good opportunity to raise money for the academy.
“I would like to use the money to create a sensory room here for those students here who are on the autistic spectrum so it would have special equipment and would need to be furnished and decorated.
“The cost of something extra like this is not covered in our budget so it would depend how much money we can raise as to how much we can do.”
Mrs Ayres has been training hard for the marathon and is currently running two 10kms a week and one 12km. Last week, she completed her longest run yet at 10 miles which is 16km.
She is aiming to complete the Silverstone Half Marathon in March and will be running three or four times a week in the lead up to the London Marathon which takes place on April 26th 2015.
Mrs Ayres said: “This time last year I hadn’t done any running at all but my husband did the London Marathon last year, he said it was amazing so I wanted to do it this year.
“I’m training hard and watching what I eat, as I’m vegetarian I need to make sure I’m getting enough protein. I’m only going to do this once and I hope it shows the students the sort of commitment you need to achieve your goals.
“It’s a good personal challenge to do, it’s not going to be easy and I just hope to complete the marathon and run as much of it as possible.”
The first training session for students took place after school this week and Mrs Ayres accompanied them running around the grounds.
To sponsor Mrs Ayres or the students, donations can be made to The Ripley Academy. Any contributions would be gratefully received.