King’s School young athlete Sophia Bird will be one of the youngest runners in the London Marathon on April 24th, aged just 18 years.
The super fit Somerford teenager is a former county netball player and keen sportswoman, but running the marathon is an altogether different challenge.
Sophia, who got six A*s and three As in her GCSEs, said: “It will be my first marathon and I am a bit nervous, but I will be running it with my mum Carol so at least I’ll have someone I know among the 40,000 other competitors.”
Sophia added: “We are actually quite competitive and neither of us know who will be quicker but both of us will want to cross the line before the other.”
Sophia and her mum are running for the Teenage Cancer Trust, one of the King’s School’s nominated charities and for whom Sophia has raised money before both for the Runway on the Runway and the Raid My Wardrobe fashion events.
Sophia, who completed the Wilmslow half marathon in 1 hour 33 minutes recently, has stepped up her training for ‘the big one’ in the last few weeks trying to complete at least one 20 mile run every week.
“I run with the Biddulph Running Club from Congleton up to Biddulph and also around Rudyard Lake, but I am tapering down before the actual marathon.”
People can give to Sophia, who after reading History at university wants to become an airline pilot, by going to virginmoneygiving.com/carolsophia.
She added: “We are hoping to raise £2,000 through and that will certainly be a motivating factor. In fact we have been told it’s a good idea to think of all our sponsors as we run just to keep us going.”