The Adidas Thunder Run 24hr Challenge

School Defibrillator Appeal and Adidas Thunder Run 24hr

You may remember that earlier this year I asked for sponsorship for taking part in the Fred Whitton Cycling Sportive in the Lake District.

Those responding were amazingly generous in fundraising for both the Teenage Cancer Trust and the QMA, and I am now asking for your support in raising funds for the purchase of a defibrillator within the School.

Although it is medical equipment we hope we would never have to use, it could prove to be life-saving for any member of the school community who experienced a heart condition, whether pupil, member of staff or visitor on the school premises. Heart attacks are rare within any school but incidents in the recent past involving young and physically-active individuals (most notably the footballer, Fabrice Muamba) have highlighted the importance of communities having a defibrillator on site. It would also further enhance the first-aid provision provided by the staff within the School.

The challenge this time will be undertaken by Mr. J. Clements (Acting Head of Biology) and Mr. Jonathan McGranaghan (partner of Miss Lowries, Head of Art). They will be taking part as a team of two in the Adidas Thunder Run on the weekend of 28th/29th July where they will have 24 hours in which to complete as many 10km laps as possible over the grounds of Catton Park, Derbyshire. The training alone has required them to complete hilly runs of 30km on a regular basis and neither of them has completed a challenge of this magnitude before. Factors such as tiring limbs, running through the night and sleep deprivation will ensure both are stepping out of their comfort zone but they will be driven on by the fact that they will be raising funds for the benefit of the School community. Further details of the event can be found at

You may choose to sponsor our team for completing the 24hr challenge or per 10km lap. They have set the bar high and aim to complete 20 laps of the course within the time-limit; that would mean 100km (or 60miles) each!

At present, we are making an application to the British Heart Foundation for a grant to support our purchase. There may be the possibility of acquiring two defibrillators and further increasing our emergency medical provision if you surpass your previous generous donations.

Please make any donations payable to “Queen Mary’s Grammar School” and send them into School in an envelope marked ‘Thunder Run 24hr Challenge’. If you prefer to sponsor the participants by the lap, or if they complete the challenge, then please complete and return the slip attached and return it to School. Remember to keep a lookout on the School website to find out how they got on! We will contact you after the event to request payment.

Thank you so much for your support.

Tim Swain, Headmaster

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