Marathon-running teacher is a class act

A DEPUTY headteacher is preparing to swap the classroom for the unforgiving streets of the capital to raise money for a worthy cause.

A DEPUTY headteacher is preparing to swap the classroom for the unforgiving streets of the capital to raise money for a worthy cause.

Stoke High School's Susanne Bache is taking on the London marathon to raise money for World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

The 52-year-old, from Framlingham, hopes to complete the gruelling 26.2 miles - her first marathon - in less than five hours.

She said: “At school we have always been involved in many fundraising events and because of that I've always wanted to do something like this for cancer research.


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“Cancer is a terrible disease that affects so many people so it means a lot to me to raise money and do my bit.”

Susanne hopes to raise at least �2,000 for WCRF and is organising non-uniform days at Stoke High along with a charity auction to help her reach her target.

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Although Susanne has never been much of a runner, she said training had gone extremely well and she is already running 15 miles regularly.

She said: “I ran a half marathon recently and I was overjoyed to be hitting the nine-minute mile. I completed the race in two hours and one-and-a-half minutes.

“I think it's really important to get the message out there that living a healthy lifestyle, eating well and getting lots of exercise can help decrease your risk of cancer.”

Susanne will be cheered on by her pupils and husband Nick, 52.

To sponsor Susanne and find our more about WCRF, visit www.wcrf-uk.org/sponsor

Tell us your marathon story - write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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