Marathon Chris of Donington doing his maths in London

Trainee teacher Chris Clay (front), of Donington, who is running in the London Marathon for Diabetes UK.  He is pictured with his family, who will cheer him on in London. Photo supplied.
Trainee teacher Chris Clay (front), of Donington, who is running in the London Marathon for Diabetes UK. He is pictured with his family, who will cheer him on in London. Photo supplied.
  • Ex-Thomas Cowley High School student on the run for Diabetes UK

A former Thomas Cowley High School student is hoping to make Donington proud again, this time on the streets of London.

Trainee maths teacher Chris Clay (21) is just nine weeks away from going from spectator to runner when he takes part in the London Marathon on Sunday, April 23, aiming to raise at least £2,000 for Diabetes UK.

Chris said: “Last year, I was studying at university in London and I went to watch the London Marathon.

“It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a while so, this year, I jumped at the opportunity and entered for a ballot place which I was unsuccessful at getting.

“But I went for a charity place instead because I was adamant that I wanted to run the London Marathon this year.

“I entered to run for a few charities, but Diabetes UK was always my number one choice because my brother Daniel (19) has been a type one diabetic since the age of nine, so the cause is close to my heart.”

Trainee maths teacher Chris Clay, of Donington, who is running in the London Marathon for Diabetes UK.  Photo supplied.

Trainee maths teacher Chris Clay, of Donington, who is running in the London Marathon for Diabetes UK. Photo supplied.

Chris is running three times a week, at an average of 12 miles a session, while training in Birmingham to be a secondary school teacher.

He said: “Maths is something I’ve always loved and I have a passion for it, thanks to the education I had at Thomas Cowley High School.

“The staff there have been extremely supportive of me going off to do teacher training and it woould be an honour to go back there and teach.”

As well as his £2,000 fundraising target, Chris is also aiming to finish the 26.2-mile course from Greenwich to the Mall in four hours.

It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a while so, this year, I jumped at the opportunity

Chris Clay, trainee maths teacher, of Donington

He said: “Training is going well and fitting in with the teacher training which has been a lot of fun.”

To sponsor Chris, go to the Virgin Money Giving website and type in Chris Clay.