Grand effort in marathon by Givendale student

Charlie Cawood
Charlie Cawood

A former Pocklington School pupil has quashed the myth that students are lazy, by running the York marathon.

Charlie Cawood, who is currently a third year student at Northumbria University, raised £1,055 for Alzheimer’s Society, after completing the race in four hours and two minutes.

The 21-year-old began his quest in July, when he ran the Wolds Half Marathon, hosted by Bishop Wilton Show. He then pounded the streets of Newcastle, to continue his training, as well as playing football and cricket in order to keep up his fitness levels. But he admitted that he didn’t do as much training as he should have done.

“I thought I’d be fine,” he said. “I am good at running long distances. The first 18-19 miles were pretty easy. I ran at a good pace, about eight minutes a mile. But then I hit ‘the wall’ and cramped up all over my legs. I was absolutely knackered. But at 22-23 miles I saw my parents and my friends, and that helped me keep going.

His mother Sharon Cawood said: “Charlie’s father David, and I, are of course very proud of him. He put in a lot of time, not only into training for the run, but contacting people to ask if they would sponsor him and then going around to collect all the money in.”

Charlie chose the Alzheimer’s Society because his grandma died from the condition in 2010.

“I saw her decline over five to six years. It is a long-suffering thing. I wasn’t going to raise money when I initially decided to do it, but it seemed like a good opportunity.”