Marathon challenge

Belper pottery school teacher Stephen Collyer running the London marathon, getting cheered by his class.
Belper pottery school teacher Stephen Collyer running the London marathon, getting cheered by his class.

A 41-YEAR-old teacher at a Belper school will tackle the gruelling London Marathon in aid of children’s charity the NSPCC.

Stephen Collyer, who works at Pottery Primary School and lives in Allestree, will run the 26.2-mile course on Sunday, April 17.

He said: “I have always watched it on television and had a desire to take part. I am looking forward to testing myself on all levels. I think the race will be a life-changing experience for me and hopefully by raising money for the NSPCC, I can help change the lives of vulnerable children.”

Stephen, who is aiming to raise at least £2,500, used to run competitively when he was aged 18, but he admitted that was a long time ago!

He has been running about 20 miles a week in preparation and will up his training even further as the big day approaches. He wants to complete the course in under five hours.

Stephen continued: “My school has been fantastic in its support. The NSPCC is its chosen charity of the year and I’d like to thank everyone who is helping with my fundraising.”

To sponsor Stephen go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/stephencollyer.