Teacher Nichola to run Dublin marathon

PressEye.com - 2011 Deep RiverRock Belfast City 'Marathon -Nichola Thompson   at the finish line'Over 20,000 people took part in the Belfast event which is celebrating its 30th anniversary: Stephen Hamilton Presseye.com

PressEye.com - 2011 Deep RiverRock Belfast City 'Marathon -Nichola Thompson at the finish line'Over 20,000 people took part in the Belfast event which is celebrating its 30th anniversary: Stephen Hamilton Presseye.com

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A LURGAN teacher is running in the Dublin Marathon on Monday, October 29, using it as an opportunity to showcase the sporting ethos in the school in light of a summer devoted to the Olympics.

Nichola Thompson has been a teacher at King’s Park Primary School for about 20 years and for most of that time she has been the PE co-ordinator, promoting all the sport throughout the school.

“This year I am running the Dublin Marathon and our two school cross country teams are helping with my warm up for the 26.2 miler,” she said.

“As a school we always strive to encourage participation in a wide variety of sports. We have after school clubs for all children from Primary 4-7. They get the opportunity to choose from a wide range of sporting activities including hockey, football, rugby, orienteering, short tennis, golf athletics, netball etc. The emphasis is to have a go and participate.

“There are strong links within the local community numbers and participation is actively encouraged with the likes of Lurgan Ladies Hockey Club, Lurgan Town football, Lurgan Tigers Rugby to name a few.

“Within the school links are maintained with IFA, Sport NI, IRFU and Lurgan Park’s Development officer.

“Over last couple of years the school has entered the local Primary School Cross country League. In their first race this season in Lurgan Park the boys team came first and the girls came third.”

Nichola added: “On a more personal note I have always enjoyed sport throughout school. I still enjoy a little bit of hockey with Lurgan Ladies but more recently have taken up running.

“I’m not running the Dublin Marathon specifically for any cause but any donations will go to the school’s chosen charities.”