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Fundraising teacher is such a good sport!

Kingfisher Primary school teacher Steve Lowe is taking part in a series of sporting challenges for Sport Relief. He is pictured with his class of year five pupils. Picture: Marie Caley D2004MC

Kingfisher Primary school teacher Steve Lowe is taking part in a series of sporting challenges for Sport Relief. He is pictured with his class of year five pupils. Picture: Marie Caley D2004MC

  • by Paul Goodwin
 

Fancy running a marathon in the middle of the night, followed by a day’s work?

Thought not.

But that’s exactly the prospect facing Steve Lowe who is aiming to hit the bullseye for charity this winter.

The Kingfisher Primary School teacher is busy embarking upon a series of sporting challenges dubbed Mr Lowe vs The World.

The aim of the project is twofold; to raise money for Sport Relief and also raise attainment levels at the Wheatley school by using the power of sport.

But for every challenge that the 38-year-old loses, he must add another mile to the total that he will run on the morning of Sport Relief - and still be ready to teach his class at 9am.

And, having lost more than half of his 20 challenges thus far, his predicament was not helped in the slightest by a darts defeat to Free Press writer Paul Goodwin last week.

“I’ve run a half marathon before and I think after about 10 miles you start going numb anyway,” laughed Mr Lowe.

“I’ll probably draw the line at about 30 challenges.

“I’ll be all right. I’m sure the kids will be sympathetic when I turn up that morning.

“A lot of the kids are stopping me saying ‘I want to take you on at this’, and it’s helped to build a rapport with some of the harder to reach kids.

“We came up with the idea after our recent Ofsted inspection. They told us we needed to be a flagship in something to move from good to outstanding.

“We thought sport was the best way to achieve that. I’m a sportsman myself and I know about the knock-on effect that sport can have on confidence and your school work.”

Mr Lowe, a former Yorkshire 800m and 1500m and British tae kwon do champion, currently trails ‘The World’ 14-7 - meaning he faces a minimum 14-mile run on March 21.

As well as losing a drawn out leg of darts to yours truly, he has been challenged to a range of wild and wacky activities - including BMX, Subbuteo, Kerby and Tchoukball - with varying levels of success.

He also lost a penalty shoot-out with former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Jan Budtz, lost to friend and Educating Yorkshire star Michael Steer at petanque and also lost a kicking for goal challenge against players from Championship rugby side London Scottish.

“It’s been great fun,” said Mr Lowe. “I think I’ve had a few dodgy decisions along the way.

“But it’s all for a good cause and hopefully sport can begin to make a real difference at Kingfisher Primary.”

You can follow @Mrlowevworld on twitter and also watch all of his challenges on YouTube by searching for ‘Mr Lowe vs The World’.

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/mrlowevstheworld.

 

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