This April sees three runners put their best foot forward for Yorkshire families affected by childhood cancer, as they take on international marathons in support of Candlelighters.
Mr Herrington, Headteacher at Bowling Park Primary School, is currently training to take on his first ever marathon in Paris on the 3rd April.
Running to raise funds for Candlelighters, Mr Herrington will also be running to remember Hafsah, a very special pupil at Bowling Park Primary School who sadly passed away from HLH last August.
When explaining why he has decided to take on this challenge Mr Herrington said “Hafsah had an infectious love for life and a great personality and sense of humour. She is missed by all the children and staff at Bowling Park, not least because she was a bright and caring young girl who was a delight to have in school. She always went the extra mile in every lesson, particularly in sports and science; her favourite subjects. To honour her determined and focussed attitude, it is only right that I now ‘go the extra mile’ by running the Paris marathon. I will be running to remember Hafsah, but also in support of her lovely, hard-working family. Candlelighters supported Hafsah’s Mum and Dad during a time of great need, and I feel very proud to be able to raise money for such a fantastic charity.”
Half-marathon runner Fiona Darrell will be running the same day as Mr Herrington, but will be taking on her race in Berlin in memory of patient Guy.
Overcoming injury to train for the race Fiona says of her decision to represent Candlelighters at the Berlin Half Marathon “Although I have done half marathons before, I have never done one abroad before. The opportunity arose and Guy was my incentive to do it. I know the tremendous support Candlelighters provides for families and so there was no question as to which charity I should choose”.
Another runner proud to represent Candlelighters overseas this April is Edward Lisney. Exactly a week after Mr Herrington and Fiona have taken on their marathons, Edward will be running a marathon for Candlelighters in Vienna.
An experienced runner, Edward has taken on a variety of challenges for charities in the past and so is no stranger to the gruelling task that lies ahead. When asked why he chose the Vienna Marathon Edward said “Candlelighters do so much to help others, I thought I’d put myself through some pain in order to benefit them. I’m running the Vienna marathon as I wanted to challenge myself (I’m aiming for a time of 3 hours 15 minutes) and to look at some impressive architecture while doing it. Hopefully if everyone does a little bit, it makes a huge difference!”
Here at Candlelighters we would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to these runners for all of their hard work training and fundraising in the lead up to their races and wish them all luck for the big event!
If you would like to follow in these fundraisers’ steps and run for Candlelighters abroad just contact our Community Fundraisers for support and advice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to support the runners in their fundraising then check out their JustGiving pages below: