Leeds teacher hails school for charity donations

GRUELLING CHALLENGE: Luke Zwalf has already raised over �3,000 for the charity Team Inspiration.
GRUELLING CHALLENGE: Luke Zwalf has already raised over �3,000 for the charity Team Inspiration.
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A teacher from Leeds has been busy taking on a mammmoth sporting challenge in a bid to raise vital funds for charity.

Luke Zwalf, head of year nine and Politics Co-ordinator at Woodkirk Academy, took on the challenge of the Ironman 70.3 in Staffordshire – a gruelling event consisting of swimming for 1.2 miles in a lake, cycling up and down the Staffordshire hills for 56 miles and then running a half marathon.

Luke and his best friend Martin took on the challenge to raise funds for the charity Team Inspiration, after Martin’s daughter Elin died aged nine after a four-year battle against Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

Luke said: “When I was first approached about doing this I had no idea what Ironman was and, although a keen runner, had never shown any interest in triathlons.

“However, the reason for the change in heart was simple –Elin.

“She and my daughter (who was born a few weeks apart) 
had grown up together and her loss to us all was and remains great.

“Elin was the bravest person I will ever have the joy to know and she inspired Martin and me to train six days a week.

“We strained muscles and constantly felt tired.”

Luke said that after mentioning his challenge in school, he was inundated with donations – and that he is now planning on taking on a full version of the event, along with Martin, next year.

He added: “When I first mentioned my challenge, little did I know how it would develop.

“Our fundraising currently stands at nearly £3,000 – and over half of that has been raised through school.

“Our gratitude to Woodkirk students, staff and families is beyond words.

“Thank you.”

Northern Power House Innovation Network, Room, Yorkshire Post, Leeds..Pictured from the left are Henri Murison, Jonathan Oxley,Simon Renault, Sherry Ward, Greg Wright and Daneile Moore..20th September 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

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