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Brackley Junior School’s Head teacher plans to walk 32.6 miles to work

Posted: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:25

Brackley Junior School’s Head teacher plans to walk 32.6 miles to work

Rosalyne Peet, head teacher at Brackley Junior school shares her story with us, the letter she has written to the parents of her students and the early days of her blog whilst training for the near 33mile walk.

Dear Parents/Carers,

Mrs Peet's Sponsored Walk to Work Day – Friday 21st April 2017

As a school we are dedicated to providing an environment that promotes healthy food and eating. As you will be aware, Northamptonshire County Council has targeted us for the 'Healthy School Programme' and through this scheme we are investigating a range of initiatives that include a proactive approach to the health and wellbeing of all of our community.

In keeping with the theme, I have decided to take part in a sponsored walk to work which will take place between the national 'Walk to Work Day' (7th April) and the 'Walk to School Week' (15th – 19th May).

Some of you may know that I live in Rugby, a distance of 32.6 miles by car. I am hoping that this can be reduced to approximately 28 miles by following a more direct route. Nevertheless, this being quite an undertaking, I am hoping that you will enter into the spirit of it by sponsoring me, rather than joining me (although you are of course welcome. I shall be leaving Rugby at 4.30am!)

Thankfully, our school governor, Mr Hiley, who is an experienced walker will accompany me on the day to keep me on the right route. My aim is to arrive at school before the end of the day so that the children can see me having completed the walk and, if I am still in control of my faculties, I plan to deliver a short assembly.

All money raised will go directly in the School Fund and we are currently exploring ideas to improve our outdoor space. You can donate 2 ways:

Online at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/MrsPeetWalksToWork

Please give generously and wish me luck - I think that I am going to need it!

Take a look at Rosalyne's blog so far:

Tuesday 7th March :-

I have woken up to the realisation that I have agreed to do a sponsored walk to work! I live 32.6 miles from work! It takes 50 minutes in the car. How long will it take walking? Oh boy – I better start training.

Thursday 9th March – Tonight would seem to be the perfect night to start training – I am off to the hairdresser's by foot. My first 3 miles!

Saturday 11th March – I have convinced my husband to join me on a walk today. 3.5 miles along the Great Central Railway. Don't panic it is disused.

Sunday 12th March – Woke up to glorious sunshine. Off to my next training session. 5.2 miles walk (8.5 km) around Draycote Water in the company of my husband again. Peet family motto – 1 in all in!

Monday 13th March – Unfortunately I arrive home after dark so the walking is restricted to paths that are lit. Another 5.2 miles (8.5 km).

Tuesday 14th March – No Training tonight but I am visiting my sports therapist (Cat) – an integral part to being able to achieve this challenge. Unfortunately, I am carrying two injuries at the moment – A ruptured Achilles Tendon for which I had a procedure for over the Christmas Period and a back injury. 1 ½ hours later and I am ready to face the week ahead.

Wednesday 15th March – Only a 3 mile walk tonight – I am still recovering from last night's treatment.

Thursday 16th March – My sister invites me to dinner – She lives 5 miles way, perfect training distance and Chinese is on the dinner table. Great incentive.

Saturday 18th March – Another perfect day for walking. 10.00am my husband and I arrive at Draycote Water for our next training session. Today's aim is to walk around twice. 10.5 miles (17.7 km)! The first lap was in the company of my husband but he drops out as I start the second lap. The second lap was in the company of Aaron Copland (#Appalachian Spring #Rodeo #Billy the Kid). I manage it faster with him as my companion!

Sunday 19th March – Feeling like a change of scenery today – Off to Pitsford Reservoir. It is really windy today and I desperately want to join the sailors but I have to keep walking! My husband is with me again but 3.7 miles (6 km) in and he has to stop. I have finally exhausted him – I have a sneaky feeling he spotted the ice-cream van. Unfortunately, it is a circular route so someone has to continue on for another 5.4 miles (8.7 Km). There better be an ice-cream at the end for me!

We hope to bring you more updates next month. In the meantime, if you want to support Rosalyne, the details of her fundraising are above. And if your school or workplace want to get involved in a similar scheme, don't hesitate to get in touch. healthychild@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Brackley Junior School’s Head teacher plans to walk 32.6 miles to work

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