While he’s not able to teach PE at Cavendish School, Alex Borsoi is keeping active with an inspirational daily challenge. From now until the end of the lockdown, each day Alex is running a half marathon or cycling a full marathon to raise money for St Wilfrid’s and the NHS.

Not shy of a challenge, Alex completed a marathon two years ago and was training do to a half ironman in July, but with the current Covid-19 outbreak, it unfortunately had to be cancelled. ‘That’s why I thought I would do this,’ Alex told me, ‘I had increased my fitness and I thought that a lot of charities would also be having to cancel their events, so they would need the money more than ever.’

I asked Alex why he chose to raise money for St Wilfrid’s, alongside the NHS. ‘When I was thinking about doing it for the NHS, I realised that other healthcare charities would be struggling too.

‘I have never been directly involved with the hospice, however, my mum had a friend who was a patient a couple of years ago, so my mum has a close connection with you and told me about the hospice and the appeal. It’s a nice cause to do it for.’

When I spoke to Alex, he had just completed the fourth day of his challenge and so far he’s had great weather for it (we are crossing our fingers for him that this continues), so how was he feeling four days in?

‘I was a bit disappointed that I had to get on the bike so soon, the plan was to try and run for a few more days until I had to cycle, but it was more important to protect my knees in the long run.

‘Now I’ve started I’m not too worried about the fitness side of it, I’m more concerned about getting an injury. I’ve been doing a lot of stretches, and then relaxing in the garden while I work. I just want to get to the end of the three weeks the Government have set at least.’  

So far Alex has raised an incredible amount of money for both ourselves and the NHS, which we are incredibly grateful for. If you would like to sponsor Alex for the rest of his challenge, visit his JustGiving page here.

We wish him the best of luck!


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