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London Marathon Success

Posted: 22nd April 2024

Female runner London Marathon 2024

Good luck messages for London MarathonOn Sunday 21 April, Dr Kate Barwell, Chemistry Teacher and Housemistress of Laing, one of our two Girls’ Day Houses at St Lawrence College, crossed the finish line of the London Marathon.

Kate’s journey to the marathon wasn’t without its challenges. Securing a coveted ballot place last year, although she did run the Half Marathon, she was forced to defer her participation in the full London Marathon due to illness. However, undeterred by setbacks, Kate was overjoyed, if a little apprehensive, to finally toe the start line this year.

But Kate’s marathon wasn’t just about personal achievement; it was also about making a meaningful impact in the lives of others especially given that her job is supporting young people and helping them through mental health challenges. Choosing to run in support of YoungMinds, a charity dedicated to providing crucial assistance to young people grappling with mental health issues, Kate aimed to raise both awareness and funds for this important cause.

Teacher standing behind table at cake saleHer fundraising efforts received a significant boost from the Laing girls at St Lawrence College, who rallied together for a bake sale, contributing over £200 to Kate’s total fundraising amount.

Reflecting on her marathon experience, Kate expressed both gratitude and pride, “I managed to hobble my way over the finish line in 5 hours, 54 minutes, and 2 seconds,” she remarked with a touch of humour, “narrowly beating a washing machine, a fridge, and a 10-person bus!”

But perhaps even more impressive than her finish time was the impact she made off the course. Through her dedication and perseverance, Kate raised over £1200 for YoungMinds over the past 18 months, providing vital support for young people in need. Well done Kate!


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