iowteachersbupagreatsouthrunStaff and parents from an Isle of Wight school are taking on the Bupa Great South Run to show pupils ‘anything is possible’.

Sarah Hussey, headteacher at Northwood Primary School in Cowes, will be joined by five colleagues, four parents and her 20-year-old daughter Holly Smith in Portsmouth on Sunday 26th October for the world’s premier 10-mile running event, the Bupa Great South Run.

While Holly used to compete at county level in athletics, Sarah admits the rest of the team have ‘no natural talent’ when it comes to running, but they are eager to show their pupils that once you work hard and put you mind to something, you can reach your goals.

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Sarah, from Newport, said:

“I’m no runner, but at the start of this year we all decided to give it a go and thought it would be the ideal way to show the children that you don’t necessarily have to be talented to achieve.

“If you work hard, practice and persevere, anything is possible”.

Sarah was given the extra motivation to sign up for the Great South Run after her mum Lynn was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in February. Sarah and Holly will be fundraising for the MND Association as a result, along with Keith Garlick and Ben Woodhouse from Nine Acres Primary School.

Other team members are teachers Mark Hill and Justine Pike, parent/governor Nicky Henry and parents Victoria and Andy Tickner and Graham Thompson, who will run for their own respective charities.

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Funds raised will also be used to buy new books for Northwood’s recently-renovated library.

Sarah added:

“There’s plenty of reasons to keep us motivated for 10 miles. Holly and I will be doing it for my mum and there is incentive to help out the school, too.

“I’ve not been training as much as I would have liked – I’m up to about seven miles. But I will finish the race – I’m going to have to now, aren’t I!”

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You can enter the Bupa Great South Run at greatrun.org.

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