For some people running a half marathon is a one-off achievement, but the 2017 Vitality Bath Half Marathon will see 49-year-old teacher Andy Westley lace up his running shoes to run the race for an impressive 13th time. This year, as with many of his previous races, Andy will be running to raise money for CLIC Sargent.
Andy's support of CLIC Sargent stems back to an experience that has stayed with him since his first days of teaching.
As an English teacher in secondary education, Andy was teaching at his first school when a boy in his Year 9 tutor group got cancer and died, aged just 13.
“It has stayed with me ever since,” said Andy, “and when I saw that CLIC Sargent was one of the Bath Half charities I knew that I wanted to run for them.”
In preparation for his 13th Vitality Bath Half Marathon, Andy is running three or four times a week around his home town, Trowbridge, in Wiltshire.
He runs on his own and sometimes takes the picturesque canal towpath towards Bradford or Devizes. For him it is social running for fitness, after having to give up his beloved rugby and cricket, although his target time for Bath is a respectable two hours 20 minutes.
“I will be very pleased to get that, as age and injuries are catching up!” admits Andy.
Andy has raised over £600 for CLIC Sargent through taking part in running events over the last few years. This amazing amount of money could pay for a family to stay in one of our 10 Homes from Home for over two and half weeks.
Cancer treatment can often take children many miles from home. Homes from Home provide free self-catering accommodation for familes close to specialist cancer treatment centres, allowing families to stay close to their child during treatment.
Find out more
Registration for the 2017 Vitality Bath Half Marathon is now closed. However, if you have a place in the event you can still join Team CLIC Sargent. Alternatively, take a look at other upcoming running events you could take part in for CLIC Sargent, or register your interest in the 2018 Vitality Bath Half by emailing our Runs team on: firstname.lastname@example.org.