Highfield Mum Runs Marathon For Bursary Fund
Emma Smith aims to raise £6k for Highfield Centenary Bursary Fund.
Emma was due to run the London Marathon 2018 but after a trip ice skating with her daughters in February last year resulted in her falling over and breaking her elbow she had to make the heart-breaking decision to defer her place.
Emma Smith says,
I was still determined to run but in March realised that training was just not an option and that I had fallen too far behind in regards to my fitness, so sadly the decision was made for me.
Emma found motivation to start training again this year initially tough, as last year she was training with friends and hoped to run with them too. Whereas this year she hasn’t had that support so had to really stay focused and push herself especially on the longer runs.
I am following the London Marathon week by week training program which has been a fantastic resource and most importantly is keeping me on target and fit.
Emma is running the marathon to raise money for the Highfield Centenary Bursary Fund. In 2007, Highfield School created an award scheme offering funded school places for children who would draw exceptional benefit from joining the school, perhaps as a result of less than optimal family or educational circumstances. The aim of the fund is to broaden access to children for whom a Highfield education is likely to have the greatest impact on their academic and personal development and future life chances.
Emma trains a lot at Highfield and Brookham School once she has dropped the children off in the morning, which has 175 acres of land.
I see and hear the children while I run which is a constant reminder of what a happy, busy, special place Highfield is. We are very fond of the school and our children are so very happy there so raising money for the Fund who are able to offer other children the opportunity to be part of the school community is such a positive wonderful initiative to be part of.
Emma has found the long runs the most daunting and time consuming, but she finishes by saying,
The thought of running over the finishing line, receiving my medal and hopefully raising a good amount for the Fund is what’s keeping me going.