Running a Head of the Curve

Every year, Hull Children’s University are lucky enough to have supporters take part in various challenges to raise money for us. Charity runs have proved to be one of the most popular ways to raise funds and last year over £3000 was raised just from these runs alone.

We currently work with 46 local primary schools and one of the schools that we work regularly with is Oldfleet Primary school in East Hull.

The Headteacher at Oldfleet Primary, Andy Conlon,  has taken on the great task of completing not one, but three charity runs to raise money for Hull Children’s University.

Working in Education for 30 years, Andy has seen the work that Hull Children’s University does, and the impact that it has on the children, first hand:

“I wanted to support the Children’s University simply because the organisation does so much fantastic work on behalf of the children of Hull. We accept their support in so many ways, so it only seems fair that we give something in return. A fundraising event also helps to promote the work that Hull Children’s University does to an audience who might not be aware of who they are.”

Rose James, Partnership Manager of Hull Children’s University, explained the difference that Andy’s fundraising efforts will make to the charity’s work:

“We are so very grateful to Andy for choosing to fundraise for us. Three runs in just 4 months is a huge challenge to take on and we cannot thank him enough for his support. Every £100 raised will allow us to deliver a local experience for a whole class of children, so it will make a great difference to local children who need our help.”

Andy has already completed the Hull 10K and Humber Bridge Half Marathon and will be taking on the Hull Marathon on the 24th of September this year. He is aiming to complete the three runs in a combined time of just 8 hours and 45 minutes.

He has always been a keen runner and although he has had a few breaks from it, the “buzz” he gets from running always makes him return.

He said “I believe in keeping fit.  I believe that physical fitness raises your self-esteem and can be a driver for improvement”.

He regularly runs as part of East Hull Fit Mums and Friends and also the Hull Park Run every Saturday morning.

Being extremely competitive means that Andy is always striving to improve his Personal Best, but he admits this doesn’t always go to plan:

“For the Hull 10K I aimed for 60 minutes and finished in 62 minutes. However, it was scorching hot!”

Those extra two minutes didn’t faze Andy though, and the Humber Bridge Half Marathon was an absolute triumph with him finishing the course in 2 hours and 16 minutes – 14 minutes faster than his target:

“This was my quickest half marathon time since 2011! This means that I am 12 minutes inside my target time for all three!”

On the 24th September, Andy will be taking on the final run in this challenge, The Hull Marathon and he is particularly looking forward to the grand finish inside the KCOM stadium!

Andy would like to raise as much money as possible for Hull Children’s University. You can support him by donating to his Virgin Money Giving page here:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=AndrewConlon