A TEACHER took to the track and raised thousands of pounds for charity.
Mugeni Sumba, a teacher at Oaklands Catholic School, Waterlooville ran the marathon to raise money for Catholic aid agency CAFOD.
The 39-year-old, of Stakes Hill Road, Waterlooville, raised more than £2,500 for the charity which works with communities in 40 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, working to fight poverty and injustice.
He said: ‘I have always admired the work of CAFOD and also have always thought of running the marathon ever since I first saw it on TV in the spring of 1998. It is one of the things I said I wanted to do before I was 40. So, I am doing it as a 40th birthday wish.’
Staff and pupils alike have joined in with Mugeni’s enthusiastic fundraising activities to spur him on in his challenge. He recently raised £750 by dressing up in Oaklands’ school uniform for two days and serving tea and coffee to staff.
Mugeni said: ‘For me, this is a dream come true – taking part in one of the events I have always dreamt of for my favourite organisation.’
Mugeni joined 23 other runners in Team CAFOD, together they hope to raise more than £50,000.
CAFOD manager for Portsmouth, Lynda Mussell, said: ‘We’re so proud of Mugeni and all the other runners. It’s amazing that people are putting so much time and energy into thinking about others and helping to change lives.
‘Those that took part in the London Marathon and fundraising for CAFOD are making a real difference to the lives of people living in poverty and we would like to thank them for all their support.’
Mugeni finished with a time of 3hrs 4mins and 47secs.
To sponsor Mugeni go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LondonMarathonCafod2014.