Mr Biddle’s London Marathon
PE teacher Mr Biddle recently ran this year’s London Marathon for rugby based charity Wooden Spoon. The charity work through the rugby community in the UK to support disadvantaged and disabled children. Outside of work Mr Biddle is a coach for Dorchester RFC, a partner club to Wooden Spoon.
Before the Easter break Mr Biddle led assemblies to each House and the Sixth Form about his marathon story and organised tag rugby tournaments that were well supported by students and staff who each made a small donation to the charity to play. On the last day of school before the marathon, a special non-uniform day was also held to support Wooden Spoon. All students were encouraged to wear ‘something to do with rugby’ or something predominantly red, white, blue or green, the charity’s colours. All monies raised were combined and Headteacher Mr Darley presented Mr Biddle with a cheque for a whopping £926.28!
Overall, this contribution has now moved Mr Biddle’s fundraising for Wooden Spoon past £7,000. This money will be used by Wooden Spoon to support a project that centres on improving the lives of either disadvantaged or disabled children in the west Dorset area.
Mr Biddle said, “Running the London Marathon was the best personal experience of my life. The colour, sights and noise were utterly incredible. I wanted to enjoy the event and the encouragement from everyone at The Purbeck School, colleagues and students, certainly kept me going through the final miles. The tag rugby tournaments were a real treat, not only because of the numbers that participated but the hot and sunny weather that week brought out many others to watch as well. The atmosphere around the tournaments was brilliant. Thank you Purbeck School for all of your support”. Mr Biddle completed his marathon in 3:55 hours, his first attempt at the distance.
Mr Darley also added ”We were so glad to support this worthwhile charity, and the students, as always, have excelled by raising this fantastic amount of money. Well done to Mr Biddle – an amazing run in the marathon – and a true champion of the ‘Wooden Spoon’ charity’.