When it was announced in February 2014 that Shrewsbury would be hosting its very first Half-Marathon, the then Teacher in Charge of the Hunt, Peter Middleton – who was famous at school for zipping round full marathon courses in times that rivalled professional runners – issued an emotive rallying cry to the Salopian community to come and join in. The call was answered by almost 40 runners from among the pupils, Old Salopians, staff and parent body. Among them was Mrs Kirk, well known in Salopian circles as an inspirational chemistry teacher and virtuoso violinist; in the world of running, however, a self-confessed complete novice.
Her account of those next few weeks, as she gradually went from “a half-walk/half-run stagger” to regularly clocking up eight or ten miles before breakfast – and loving it – has inspired several other hesitant ‘non-runners’ to follow in her footsteps: Shrewsbury Half-Marathon: A novice runner gets ready. And she has run the Shrewsbury Half Marathon each year ever since.
This year she will be running to raise money for the Shewsy, the School’s youth and community centre in Everton, Liverpool, one of the most deprived wards in the UK, which offers a place of safety and warmth for local young people aged 5-18.
"As a teacher at Shrewsbury School, I have been on several Social Studies courses at the Shewsy with our Sixth Form students. I am always very inspired when I am there by the warmth, dedication and enthusiasm of the staff who run the youth club. I love to join in with the Junior Club kids in 'circle-time' and share a slice of toast! I want to raise money to help the Shewsy to develop their garden area and share my love of gardening in the future with them."
To support Mrs Kirk, please visit her online donation page: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/victoriakirkhalfmarathon