Challenge 26


Thank you to everyone who supported our CEO Ange Tyler recently for completing the London Marathon, which she completed on behalf of the Griffin Schools Trust in aid of the NSPCC.

The Trust promotes stewardship and community service throughout its schools and the NSPCC is our preferred charity. Within the Trust we hope to establish our involvement in the London Marathon as a Proud Tradition and pillar of our fundraising strategy. We already have a Head from one of our East London schools interested in picking up Ange’s baton and running next year. Ange finished in a very respectable 6 hours and 49 minutes, even completing the last 8 miles shoeless.

To incorporate the marathon and its charitable efforts into our schools the Challenge 26 initiative was founded. The concept is that students across the trust would take part in a sponsored activity 26 times; one for every mile of the marathon. The aim of Challenge 26 was not only to raise vital funds for the NSPCC but also to get children active. We hope that this challenge will also become one of our proud traditions alongside the marathon.

Rob Heath, our Head of PE, led the initiative across schools and even set himself the challenge of completing a 26 mile duathlon on the weekend of the London Marathon, for which he was joined by Mark Franzoni, Assistant Head of Nicholas Chamberlaine School. The pair cycled 10 miles to a local reservoir, ran 5 miles around it and then cycle a further 11 miles. Both collected sponsorship for their efforts and have said they enjoyed the day.


Across the trust students have been taking part in a number of different Challenge 26 activities; some in groups and some individually. The students of Bramford Primary in Dudley worked together to complete over 20 marathons in one day – achieving an astonishing 554 miles between them and raising a staggering £3300 for the NSPCC, with even reception and nursery students taking part. Key Stage 2 students at Lordswood Primary in Medway also followed the marathon theme by completing 26 miles over 26 days. Nursery students at Lordswood were also not left out and competed in their own challenge of 26 star jumps for 26 days. Sophie Moreton, of Park Lane Primary in Nuneaton, took on 26 miles by herself, completing 1 mile every lunchtime for 26 days.


Not all schools attempted 26 miles, some saw the challenge as a time to push themselves to compete 26 different activities, 26 times, over 26 days. Some students from Nicholas Chamberlain Secondary completed a sit-up challenge, others did skipping or lunges.

To anyone who has supported any of our fundraising initiatives, we thank you. Together we have raised a total of over £11,000. The majority of which will be donated to the NSPCC, with a portion funding our expanding Wide Horizons agenda.