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Great Cornard PE teacher completes two marathons in support of Prostate Cancer charity



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A Suffolk schoolteacher has spent lockdown running the equivalent of two marathons to raise money for a national cancer charity.

Ross Myhill, head of PE at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard, took on the challenge during January and raised £500 in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Thanking everyone who supported his charity challenge, Ross said the challenge had also helped with his mental health, after the country entered its third enforced lockdown since the coronavirus pandemic began in March.

Ross Myhill, head of PE at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard, raised £500 in aid of Prostate Cancer, after running the equivalent of two marathons during lockdown in January 2021. Contributed picture. (44310754)
Ross Myhill, head of PE at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard, raised £500 in aid of Prostate Cancer, after running the equivalent of two marathons during lockdown in January 2021. Contributed picture. (44310754)

He said: “I have always enjoyed running and I have always wanted to run a marathon at some stage.

“I thought this was a really good challenge and also a great way to raise awareness of such an important charity.

“It also gave me a really good focus at the start of lockdown, as running really can help with improved health and wellbeing.”

The original challenge saw Ross run a total of 26.2 miles – a distance which he completed by Tuesday, January 12.

He then continued running, spurred on by the generosity of friends and family donating to his chosen cause.

By the end of January, he had run a total of 52 miles – the equivalent distance of two marathons – in the space of a month.

He added: “I am so grateful to everyone who supported the challenge for such a worthwhile cause.

“Every donation gave me confidence and inspiration to keep running.”