James running 2 marathons in 2 days for charity
Published on: 28 Feb 2016
TEACHER James Baker has never done a marathon before - but next month he hopes to run the distance twice.
He is taking part in the London Marathon on April 24 and a week later will tackle the North Dorset Village Marathon.
He’ll be easy to spot as he runs wearing a kilt in honour of his Cornish ancestry. He hopes this will draw attention to his efforts to raise money for the charity Addaction, which helps people with drug and alcohol problems and their families.
It was a cause James knew little about until a friend from the Chipping Sodbury Parkrun, told him how his brother had died from alcohol abuse.
“I understand a lot more about drug and alcohol addiction now - it touches one in five families. It is not the most glamorous of charities but it does important work, especially with young people.”
James, a teacher at Stanbridge Primary in Downend, took up running a couple of years ago after seeing how his wife Jo and their two sons enjoyed the sport.
The family run with Frampton Harriers and James also organises running activities at school, before lessons with children and a school gate running club for parents as well as a weekly group called Stanbridge Fliers.
“I got the bug and decided to challenge myself by doing the marathon, then thought that as I was doing the training I could do the two events. I hope my legs will last out!”
Jo also signed up for the marathon but had to withdraw because of injury, though she is still working hard on the fundraising.
To support James, go to https://www.justgiving.com/Jo-JamesBaker42/