Harleston school trio’s marathon effort

Three members of staff at Archbishop Sancroft High School are running the London Marathon this year.

Pictured: Rob Connelly (Deputy Head), Tanya  Holloway (Receptionist) and Ben Player (assistant Head) ANL-160224-145538009
Three members of staff at Archbishop Sancroft High School are running the London Marathon this year. Pictured: Rob Connelly (Deputy Head), Tanya Holloway (Receptionist) and Ben Player (assistant Head) ANL-160224-145538009
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Three members of staff from a Harleston school are taking on a marathon challenge later this year to benefit good causes.

Deputy headteacher Rob Connelly, assistant headteacher Ben Player and receptionist Tanya Holloway, who all work at Archbishop Sancroft High School, will take to the start line of the London Marathon on April 24.

I went to watch and seeing my mum perform and do it was just inspiring. She said to me ‘one day’ and I thought, two years ago, the time had come

Rob Connelly

Mrs Holloway has already raised £3,420 which will be donated to Parkinson’s UK after her father, Terry Green, was diagnosed with the disease eight years ago, while Mr Player and Mr Connelly, aiming for £4,000, will split their total between SkillForce and the school’s PTA.

Mr Connelly and Mr Player both ran their first London Marathon’s in 2014, before the pair were working together in Harleston, finishing within two minutes of each other.

They are now aiming to complete this year’s event in 3 hours 45 minutes.

Mr Connelly, 36, told the Diss Express he was inspired by his mother, Shirley, to run the 26.2 mile course after she took part in the event in the early 90s.

“My mum ran it when she was 42 and I was 11,” he said. “She is from Dickleburgh and she raised in excess of £3,000 for a young girl in the area who had leukaemia at the time,” he said.

“I went to watch and seeing my mum perform and do it was just inspiring. She said to me ‘one day’ and I thought, two years ago, the time had come.”

“You can make a huge difference through fundraising, and it has an impact on the local community as well.

“We have used our training plan to motivate our Year 11 students to do their revision timetables.

“It is the biggest sporting event in terms of fundraising, participation, where you can run alongside Mo Farah and this year Kelly Holmes in the same race. You can’t do that in a game of football, unless you are at an elite level.”

Mrs Holloway placed on record her thanks to all the people and businesses who supported a fundraising party and clairvoyance evening, as well as Bounceback Physio in Harleston during her preparations for the marathon.

n A charity dinner dance and auction of promises will be held at Archbishop Sancroft High School next month to contribute further to Mr Connelly’s and Mr Player’s total.

Taking place on Saturday, March 19, at 7.30pm, items up for grabs include a day on a boat on the Norfolk Broads being served drinks and nibbles by Mr Connelly himself, a surfing lesson with a member of staff and a family portrait shoot with Lisa North Photography.

There will be a raffle and a bar, and England’s Six Nations match with France will be screened. Tickets, at £20 per person, are available by donating and stating how many you need at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/robandbenlondon2016
n To sponsor Mrs Holloway visit www.justgiving.com/Tanya-Holloway3