Herne Bay High's Marathon Man

On Sunday 22nd April, year 13 student Harry Carter took to the streets of the capital to run the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Harry is a young tennis coach and took on the 26.2-mile challenge to raise money for the Tennis Foundation, which is a charity that is close to his heart. Harry has seen first-hand how its work can help the local community in addition to helping more people from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with disabilities or learning difficulties progress with the sport.
Harry said, “A lot of the equipment isn’t cheap and this made me want to raise money for the Tennis Foundation for those people who otherwise aren’t as able as others to get involved so that they have everything they need to join in”.

On what was a challenging day for runners with the particularly warm conditions, Harry managed to complete the course in 4 hours and 47 minutes after having run a total distance of 27.8 miles after weaving around crowds, bollards and other runners and managing to eat a BLT sandwich whilst crossing Tower Bridge!

He said “The atmosphere was indescribable but very positive and encouraging and the best moment was crossing the finish line, there’s a huge sense of relief that it’s all over. I probably could have done a little more training and I’m in a lot of pain now, but the sense of achievement is great”.

Harry’s sponsorship page is still open for donations, and a link to this and more information about his work with the Tennis Foundation can be found here.

All of us at Herne Bay High would like to congratulate Harry on his marathon achievement.

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