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News: Stu­dents com­plete the Lon­don Marathon char­i­ty run

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On Sun­day 28 April Megan Hal­lam and Carl Knight both study­ing on the Foun­da­tion Degree in Sports Coach­ing ran the Lon­don Marathon for My AFK

On Sun­day 28 April Megan Hal­lam and Carl Knight both study­ing on the Foun­da­tion Degree in Sports Coach­ing ran the Lon­don Marathon for My AFK. My AFK (for­mer­ly Action for Kids) is a nation­al char­i­ty sup­port­ing dis­abled chil­dren, young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies. They also help pre­pare young peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties for life after school through the accred­it­ed edu­ca­tion, train­ing and work expe­ri­ence pro­grammes and pro­vide mobil­i­ty equip­ment not avail­able on the NHS to dis­abled chil­dren and young peo­ple up to age 25 across the UK.

Megan and Carl chose this char­i­ty because they knew how lucky they were to be able to run and even luck­i­er know­ing they are run­ning to help make a dif­fer­ence to so many dis­abled young people’s lives. They both also have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work with a local spe­cial school Nether­gate which is locat­ed in Clifton pro­vid­ing them with sports activ­i­ties to help them get active there­fore cre­at­ing even more of a spe­cial bond to My AKF charity.

Before the race the pair set them­selves a tar­get of com­plet­ing the race quick­er than they ran the Boston Marathon in 4 hours and 56 min­utes and to raise a min­i­mum of £4000. They both smashed these tar­gets by com­plet­ing the Marathon in 4 hours 30 min­utes and raised an amaz­ing total of £6154.71 for the charity. 

Megan reflect­ed on the whole experience: 

I still can’t believe Carl and I have crossed that line! It doesn’t feel real. The Lon­don Marathon is some­thing I’ve dreamed about doing since I was lit­tle and I nev­er thought I’d actu­al­ly do it! The last 6 months my whole life has revolved around the Lon­don Marathon from fundrais­ing, to train­ing and my diet. The day itself was just incred­i­ble I don’t think I stopped smil­ing the whole way round. The crowds were just fan­tas­tic and real­ly car­ry you round the race. There was many times I had goose­bumps from hear­ing my name! I am so grate­ful to our Tutors and Uni­ver­si­ty group for help­ing Carl and I reach our fundrais­ing tar­get and for mak­ing a dream come true. So thank you to them, fam­i­ly and friends for all the sup­port and for believ­ing in Carl and myself! 

Megan Hal­lam — Foun­da­tion Degree in Sports Coach­ing student
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  • 9th May 2019 (9:28 AM)
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