A BURNLEY teaching assistant is putting in a marathon effort for a very worthy cause.
Nick Barrett (40), who works at Holly Grove School in Barden Lane, is running the London Marathon on April 22nd after deciding needed to challenge himself on the run up to his 40th birthday.
“I have been thinking about it for the last couple of years, and as I got closer to reaching 40 towards the end of last year I decided I wanted to do it for a physical challenge. There are not many things more challenging than the London Marathon.”
It will be Nick’s first ever marathon, and he said that although the training had been gruelling he had been really enjoying it.
“Some days you do think to yourself ‘why am I doing this?’ On the whole though, I’ve been really enjoying it. It’s good when you have a goal because that helps push you. I feel like I am achieving something for myself as well as for charity.”
Nick had originally wanted to raise money for Holly Grove, but because the school is not a registered charity he had to look elsewhere.
“I’m raising money for Children with Cancer UK, which is a fantastic charity. At the moment I’ve got more than £500. I’m hoping to raise £2,000, but I just want people to give as much as they can.
“I’ve had problems with my knees in the past, so my initial aim will be to just the complete the marathon. If my knees hold up I’d like to finish it in around four hours.”
Anybody wanting to sponsor Nick can do so at http://uk virginmoneygiving.com/NickBarrett1971