Kathy McNicholas, 41, a head teacher from St Mary’s Catholic Technology College in Leyland, ran the Great North Run yesterday to raise money for CAFOD. The run took place just two weeks after the school sustained significant damage in a fire. She completed the race in 2 hours 12 minutes, and she told us, “The second half was really tough, but it’s good to challenge yourself. I think things like this set a good example for young people; hopefully it’ll inspire them to do something adventurous. If their Head teacher can do a half-marathon, imagine what they can do.” She was also supported on the day by her parents (and their two dogs!) who also came along!
Kathy, along with CAFOD’s 35 strong team, tackled the gruelling 13.1 mile route from Newcastle to South Shields. Kathy was among 56,000 runners taking part in the 33rd Great North Run. Gold medallist Mo Farah was among the line up being cheered by a huge crowd and narrowly missed out on winning the elite men’s race.
The race come just two weeks ago after Kathy’s school sustained substantial fire damage, which nearly meant Kathy couldn’t take part due to dealing with the repairs. However she told us, ““It would have been easy for me to give it up this year because of the fire, but I wanted to support CAFOD, a charity which is very important to our school community. I think it’s good for us to look beyond ourselves; a lot of people in the world are suffering far worse than we are. Their situation is permanent and thankfully ours isn’t. I’d like thank everyone who sponsored me and remind others that there is still time to do so.”
To sponsor Kathy in her half-marathon challenge, log on to www.justgiving.com/Kathy-McNicholas
Hope you are all recovered Kathy and that your feet are not too sore!!!