Blackboys headteacher Graham Sullivan with his medal after completing the Hastings Half Marathon. Also showing off their medals for taking part are school secretary Mrs Lucy Sheffield and her husband Mr James Robson.

Blackboys headteacher completes half-marathon challenge

Blackboys headteacher Graham Sullivan successfully completed a half-marathon at the weekend.

A sweepstake was held on his finishing time and has raised £300 which will be split between Blackboys and Framfield Parent Teacher Association/Parent Teacher and Friends Association.

Sweepstake winner was federation governor Mrs Hawkins. Her prize was £25. Mrs Hawkins guessed Mr Sullivan would finish the half-marathon in two hours, 22 minutes and 56 seconds and she was five seconds off the official finishing time of two hours 23 minutes and 01 second.

Winner of socks

The furthest guess from the official finishing time was made by Master Bertie Coles. His guess was 23 hours. Bertie will soon be the proud owner of the washed pair of half-marathon socks in which Mr Sullivan trod the half-marathon route.

The school reports that conditions on Sunday were far from ideal and the race day will be notoriously remembered as having the official title of ‘the windiest race in the history of Hastings half-marathon’.

Also completing the half-marathon were Blackboys Primary School secretary Mrs Lucy Sheffield, and her husband Mr James Robson.

Special mention

Blackboys parent Mrs Lydia Godfrey, was given a special mention by the school for also taking part in the race and finished in the amazing time of one hour, 31 minutes and 43 seconds.

Information given by Mr Sullivan to help those taking part in the sweepstake included:

  • He last completed a half marathon in 1993
  • He began training for the Hastings Half Marathon on December 22, 2016
  • His furthest run to date was 8.48 miles, completed in one hour, 26 minutes and 37 seconds
  • His fastest average mile rate was nine minutes 59 seconds over a 4.2 mile run
  • If often takes a good number of minutes to actually cross the start line in a popular half marathon. However Mr Sullivan’s timing chip will not be activated until he has actually crossed the line.
  • Long range weather forecasts predict a strong south westerly wind on March 19.

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