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Head Teacher completes novel 'school run' 1 October 2007

A HEAD Teacher is celebrating raising charity cash by completing a gruelling school run with a difference.

Rob Sellors, 40, who is in charge of Cronk-y-Berry School, ran and cycled 91 miles around 45 schools on Sunday, to raise funds for Manx Cancer Help.

The effort marked the 10th anniversary of his father John's death from cancer in 1997.Rob Sellors

Mr Sellors described it as 'one of my most memorable achievements'. He said:

'It never crossed my mind for one second that I wasn’t go to complete the 91-mile route and the excitement of the challenge as it got under way seemed to fuel me with more and more energy and determination to succeed.'

Mr Sellors set off from the Bunscoill at St John's at 5am - with just a small torch to light his way.

The trip involved running a marathon (27 miles) from St John’s to Marown via the southern schools, then cycling 51 miles to Ballaugh via Douglas, Laxey, Ramsey and the northern schools, then finally running a half marathon (13 miles) back to St John’s via Michael and Peel.

He said:

'The route took me past some wonderful scenery and, as well as sightseeing, it gave me an opportunity of having a skeet in everyone's school grounds, picking up a few ideas along the way.
'Before leaving each school, I left a small yellow smiley face sticker on the main sign, door or gate as a token of my appreciation for their school’s support, which did mean I had one or two strange looks from passers by.'

Mr Sellors said:

'After the first marathon section, I was positively buzzing and looked forward to the cycling section, although I never realised how undulating Douglas and Onchan are and criss-crossing past all schools was quite time consuming and demanding. I particularly enjoyed the east coast route through Laxey and Dhoon and had to watch my speed as I revelled in the free-wheeling two-mile descent into Ramsey.'

He continued:

'The final half marathon from Ballaugh was arguably the toughest section, with some considerable climbing and seemingly very little descent, but the sight of Peel Castle in the distance and the continual cheers and honking of horns from colleagues whizzing past reassured me that the end was in sight and the final straight to St John’s seemed to vanish in a haze.'

Mr Sellors was spurred on by wife Jan and daughter Lucy as well as school colleagues.

He said:

'I’ve been touched by the level of support from colleagues, pupils and friends in helping to raise over £1,000 in sponsorship for my chosen charity of Manx Cancer Help. I feel privileged to be able to support this charity, 10 years on from its inception. A huge thank you to all parents, staff and children who have pledged money and provided sponsorship. A big thank you to the well-wishers along the route who cheered me on and those who provided much needed bananas, sandwiches, water and jelly babies.'

Donations should be sent to Rob Sellors, c/o Cronk-y-Berry School, Hailwood Avenue, Douglas, IM2 7PM. Cheques should be made payable to Manx Cancer Help.

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