Royal run around for mental health

March 15, 2017

Farlington School’s Science and Maths teacher, Emily Cox, joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry for a marathon training day at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

Emily, who only took up running in August, gained her place in the London Marathon through the ballot and decided to raise money for the marathon’s charity of the year which is Heads Together. It is a campaign to get people talking about mental health and is made up of eight charities. The charity Emily will be raising money for specifically is The Mix, which is a charity for the under 25’s.

Their Royal Highnesses joined training sessions on the new London Marathon Community Track with more than 150 Team Heads Together runners along with world-record holder and three time London Marathon winner, Paula Radcliffe, and British 400m record holder and London Marathon regular, Iwan Thomas. All of the Team Heads Together runners donned Heads Together head bands whilst training. Heads Together is encouraging everyone running in this year’s race, whichever great cause they are supporting, to make it a ‘mental health marathon.’ Paula Radcliffe and Iwan Thomas also gave advice and encouragement to the assembled Heads Together runners on training and preparation.

Emily said, “Back in August I was definitely not a runner so I have gone from not running to (hopefully) completing a marathon and I hoped that by recording my running journey, it might inspire others to take on a challenge of their own. My giving page is: which has links to the Heads Together and The Mix websites as well as my running journey.”