Teacher raises over £3000 for cancer charity after running London Marathon – in the top 5 per cent of fundraisers

By Bella F, 11 and Grace H, 12, Jill Dando News 

A proud father, husband and teacher joined 48,000 others in running this year’s London Marathon and raised a whopping £3020 for Cancer Research UK.

Mr Shepherd, assistant Head of Year 11 of The King Alfred School Church Academy was in the top 5% of fundraisers who took part in the iconic London Marathon.

He made the school proud.

Mr Shepherd thought “long and hard about which charity to support over the Christmas period” and settled on one close to his heart: Cancer Research UK and explained he chose that charity as he had lost a few family members to cancer, including his beloved aunt. 

Running 26.2 miles in just 4 hours 29 mins, Mr Shepherd kept hydrated by drinking Lucozade gel pouches along the way. 

He said: “I’m not sure the enormity will kick in until I watch next year’s race on the telly and am able to say “I’ve done that!”

Mr Shepherd explained that he has been trying to get onto the marathon for years, with his wife, but this year was his lucky year! 

As a result, he stuck to a rigorous training programme and spent months strictly following it. 

Mr Shepherd shared the funniest thing he saw along the way: a lady peeing behind a tree and the most inspirational thing he saw was a soldier running with a fridge on their back – rumoured to be full of beer! 

As students, knowing one of our own TKASA teachers completed the London marathon is really heartwarming, inspiring and special to hear. 

There is still time to donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Shep-Shepherd31?utm_source=copyLink&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=Shep-Shepherd31&utm_campaign=pfp-share&utm_term=f31539e69f004bf38306896e4b2c73e6