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‘Sir’ and his Class Tackle Charity Marathon

29th March 2011

Sports master Clark Goodwin is planning a charity marathon with a difference.

On every one of his 26 miles, he  will be joined by a different boy from his Year 10 class at Chatham House in Ramsgate.
It is his first marathon and he aims to complete it in around 4 hours and 15 minutes on a circuit that includes the school grounds at Chatham Street and along the promenades at Ramsgate seafront.
Charities to benefit will be the British Heart Foundation and the Imibala charity that supports education for poor children in South Africa.
Mr Goodwin has special reason for supporting the BHF. He said: “My dad John died from a heart attack six years ago, so I wanted to help the charity that researches into heart disease and helps families.”
Mr Goodwin’s marathon starts at 8am on Friday, April 1. He said: “At times while I have been training I wondered if it was a really appropriate date for me to be doing this event.  It has been very tough training and it has been a real challenge and an eye opener for me on how the marathon runners achieve what they do. I have upmost respect for them.”
Mr Goodwin said that the boys in his class are also looking forward to the run. He said: “There’s a real buzz. They are keen to see how ‘Sir’ gets on and they are also supporting my charity run.”
Each of the boys will each get a commemorative red tee shirt supplied by online sportswear business Ambition Sports.Com. The back will be printed with numbers showing which of the 26 one-mile legs they cover.
Mr Goodwin will be joined for the first 385 years by his sons Lloyd, six, and Dylan, five.
On April 4, Mr Goodwin’s brother Shaw will be taking part in a rowing marathon for the same charities in Worcestershire where he is a primary school deputy head teacher.

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