Dedicated dad Craig Vinson is in training to run his first-ever marathon to raise funds for his daughter’s school.
The roofer and builder hopes to collect hundreds of pounds in sponsorship in aid of Great Rollright CofE Primary School, which is attended by his daughter, Mable, aged five.
“I just want to give something back to the school as a thank you for everything they have done for Mable,” said Craig, aged 45.
“I’ve run a half-marathon before to raise money for the school and I thought I’d go one better and tackle a full marathon this year.
“This will be my first one and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”
Craig, who lives in Moreton-in-Marsh with his partner, Olivia, will be competing in the Rotary Shakespeare Marathon on Sunday, April 26.
The event has been held annually for more than 30 years and attracts some 4,000 runners. The 26.2-mile course starts in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, with the runners doing one lap of the town before heading out into the Warwickshire countryside, and then returning to the town to finish on the south side of the River Avon at the recreation ground.
“The training is going really well,” added Craig. “I’m running pretty much every day before I go to work and sometimes take the dog with me.
“In total I’m running up to 40 to 50 miles per week and my longest run so far has been 18 miles.
“I really enjoy running and have been doing it pretty much on and off since I was six years old.
“I’ve asked all my friends and colleagues at work, even my dentist, to sponsor me. I’m determined to raise as much money as I can for Mable’s school.”
Anybody who would like to sponsor Craig can obtain a pledge form from the school’s office or through the Friends of Great Rollright School.