King’s Ely teaching trio conquers London Marathon 2019

Thursday 2 May 2019

Three members of teaching staff from King’s Ely took on this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon – one of whom even smashed an official Guinness World Record.

Alison Stewart, Richard Oliver and Jonathan Hobbs were among tens of thousands of people who put their best feet forward in the 26.2 mile race in the capital on 28 April.

Alison, who is Year 12 Academic Coordinator and Teacher of Biology at King's Ely Senior, took part in the marathon for the third time, not only to raise funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) but also to try to smash the Guinness World Record for the ‘fastest female marathon time dressed as a fairytale character’. Dressed as Snow White, Alison crossed the finish line in three hours 29 minutes 58 seconds, which saw her claim the official Guinness World Record. The previous record was four hours 24 minutes. Alison has raised £1,000 for EACH so far. To sponsor her, visit:

Richard Oliver, Housemaster of Queen Emma and Head of Science at King's Ely Junior, finished the route in three hours 54 minutes 9 seconds. He has raised more than £3,700 for the Uganda Society for Disabled Children, a charity that his late father helped to set up. It was Richard’s first road marathon. To sponsor him, visit:

Jonathan Hobbs, Head of Key Stage 3 Mathematics at King's Ely Junior, crossed the finish line in three hours 57 minutes and 40 seconds. He has raised more than £2,000 for the children's charity, the NSPCC. It was Jonathan’s first London Marathon but sixteenth marathon! To sponsor him, go to:

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