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During the October half-term maths teacher Mr York swapped his textbooks and calculator for his trainers, as he took to the streets of Dublin, along with 20,000 fellow runners, to compete in the city’s marathon. Criss-crossing the city’s Grand Canal and passing places of cultural and historic importance, Mr York completed the 26.2 mile course in 4 hours, 50 minutes and 5 seconds.

During a special assembly prior to travelling to the Irish capital, Mr York highlighted the charity he would be raising funds for, the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative. Schistosomiasis is a disease that is not well known, but affects millions of people in Africa, Asia and other developing regions. It is caused by a parasite from stagnant water, and has many severe long term effects. Run by Imperial College London, the initiative focuses on distributing medicines to treat the disease in children. We are delighted that Blue Coat students donated a fantastic £575 to support the SCI’s work.

We would like to congratulate Mr York on his achievement and wish him well as he prepares for his next long distance challenge.

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