Daran’s hoping to raise £2,000 for charity

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The executive head of three special schools including the John Fielding School in Boston, is set to join the London Marathon next year.

Daran Bland, 45, who also leads the Priory and Garth in Spalding, is hoping to raise a £2,000 cash target for charity Action for Children.

He is joined by training partner Chelsea Turnell, 26, communications and marketing manager at Spalding Grammar School, who aims to raise the same amount for Guide Dogs UK.

The pair’s training recently saw them take on the Great Eastern Run in Peterborough on Sunday, Daran finishing in 1hr 43ms and Chelsea in 2hrs 35ms

Daran said: “At the 12 mile point of the half-marathon, I realised how much more training I needed to do.

“I hit the wall and at that point I felt like I was running in treacle and people were coming past me at quite a rate of knots.

“It was useful to gauge just how our training was going.

“It was a lot of fun and a really great atmosphere on the day.”

Daran says Action for Children helps children with disabilities in schools like his.

“Action for Children is something that’s close to my heart because I work with children and families who will benefit,” he said.

Chelsea was inspired to run for her charity after bichon frise and shih tzu cross Buddy came into her life in January.

She said : “It’s made me realise how close the relationship between a dog and a human can be – and I started thinking about how much closer that bond would be between a blind person and their guide dog.”

Chelsea has organised a quiz night for Guide Dogs UK at the rugby club at 7.30pm on Friday, November 27 and is looking for teams of up to six people to enter at a cost of £12 per team.

Because the club has donated free use of its premises, Chelsea will split the proceeds of the raffle between her charity and the club.

To take part, or to donate a raffle prize, please call 07776 130037 or 07834 959921.