A marathon charity effort for Athanasia

PE teacher Athanasia Nikolaidis
PE teacher Athanasia Nikolaidis

A TEACHER committed to raising money for a cancer charity in memory of a friend is running a half-marathon.

Caistor Grammar School PE teacher Athanasia Nikolaidis is training for the Bupa Great North Run in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign after a loved one lost their battle with the disease.

Athanasia said: “My sister-in-law’s best friend died in April this year from breast cancer aged 41, she had a devoted husband and two children.

“I used to teach her children and my fiancé still teaches them at his school. She was a very brave and admirable woman, so I am running in memory of her.”

Athanasia is aiming to raise £400 or more for the charity and is already well on her way to reaching her target.

She said: “Friends, family and colleagues have been so supportive of my training and fundraising so far.

“I know that every penny I raise will go towards helping the charity fund vital research into breast cancer.”

Athanasia has never run the Great North Run before but is excited about the big day.

She said: “My training is going really well so far. I am running approximately four or five times a week, usually 10 miles each time.

“I’ve just returned from Spain and kept up with training while I was away, although it was a lot harder in the heat so I stuck to shorter runs and interval training.”

Athanasia will take part in the 13.1 mile race in Newcastle on Sunday, September 18.

To help Athanasia reach her target log on to her website: justgiving.com/Athanasia-Nikolaidis