Chichester mums run marathon and raise thousands of pounds for children’s school

A pair of Chichester mums have raised thousands of pounds for their children’s school by completing a marathon.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 3:18 pm

Maisie Minett and Johanna Mayhead decided to take on the challenge after they started running together on Sunday mornings during the third lockdown.

They have raised £2,341 towards new outdoor equipment at Kingsham Primary School, with pupils planned to be involved in their design.

Johanna, a Major in the Royal Signals, said: “Having convinced ourselves we could do our own marathon locally, we thought it would be a great way to raise money for our children’s school, who have been amazing throughout the Covid pandemic.”

Johanna Mayhead and Maisie Minett have raised thousands of pounds for Kingsham Primary School by taking on a marathon

The duo trained during the lockdown before they took on the full 26.2 miles on Sunday around Fishbourne, North Mundham, Hunston, Birdham, Itchenor and back.

Maisie, who works for the Modern Calligraphy Company in Birdham, had never run this far.

The 32-year-old said: “I am super proud to help raise money for Kingsham Primary School, where my two kids go.

“Kingsham is a wonderful place and the teachers have been exceptional during this lockdown.

Maisie Minett and Johanna Mayhead have raised thousands of pounds for Kingsham Primary School by taking on a marathon

“We want to help contribute to say thank you!”

Johanna, 39, said she has enjoyed running over the last year.

She said: “Running has given me a focus during these strange times and I have loved running with Maisie.”

“I have three boys at Kingsham who are all very active, so the money raised will definitely go towards something they will love!”

Johanna Mayhead and Maisie Minett have raised thousands of pounds for Kingsham Primary School by taking on a marathon

Kingsham head teacher Lee Dallinger said: “The school is very aware how important physical activity is for young children and this should help us to create an outdoor play area that is challenging and fun for all our pupils.”

To donate to Maisie and Johanna’s fundraiser visit uk.gofundme.com/f/johanna-and-maisie-run-for-kingsham-primary

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