Hertfordshire teacher takes on London Marathon challenge before becoming a dad

Alastair -Cooper -Photo -webContact is lucky to have a wonderful team of 19 amazing runners taking part in this year's London Marathon. We are inspired and humbled by their tremendous training and fundraising efforts, and will be finding out a bit more about them in the weeks leading up to the big day.

Here Alastair Cooper from Stanstead Abbotts in Hertfordshire tells us why he is running one of the most famous road races in the world, to raise money for Contact.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

My name is Alastair Cooper and I am 32 years old. I work as a Primary School Teacher at St Andrew's Primary School where I teach Year 6.  This is my first ever marathon although I have completed a number of half marathon and obstacle races before. My biggest running race to date was a 20 mile race with over 200 hundred obstacles. My dad and my brother have both completed the London Marathon before so I am the last to take on the challenge. My wife and I are also expecting our first baby the week after the race so I am hoping I don't have to run straight from the finish line to the hospital!

Why did you decide to support Contact by taking part in the London Marathon?

Through my work as a primary school teacher I have worked closely with a number of children and families who have children with disabilities.  This has enabled me to see how these disabilities can affect the child at school but also family life. When I discovered the charity Contact and read about the work that they do supporting families, I couldn't wait to get on board and help to raise some money.

What has been the biggest challenge in your London marathon journey so far?

My biggest challenge so far has been sticking to my training plan each week. With work, family and social commitments, it is sometimes very difficult to drag yourself out in the cold and wet to put those important miles in. Along the way I have also picked up some small injuries which have also made sticking to my schedule difficult.

What are you most/least excited about?

I am most looking forward to getting to race day and seeing the support that is along the course. Having watched the London marathon on television every year I have always thought how great it must be to be part of. This year I am getting my chance to experience it first-hand!

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside running?

As well as running I have always enjoyed playing sport. I currently play football, tennis and cricket for local teams and enjoying playing badminton socially once a week. With baby due very soon it seems that decorating and D.I.Y have also become a bit of a hobby!

To sponsor Alastair visit his Just Giving fundraising page.


Written by Contact at 07:00