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Posted on: March 16th 2020

Heartfelt Half Marathon for Mr Lipscombe

Simon Lipscombe Half Marathon Photo

On Sunday 8th March Mr Lipscombe, Senior School English Teacher and Hayward Housemaster, took on the challenge of running the Cambridge Half Marathon raise money for EACH, East Anglian Children’s Hospices.

In his own words, here’s how he got on:

“About half a year ago I decided to go for a run, regretted it straight away, but decided to go again as I was made to believe it was good for me. As I was plodding very slowly around the park where I live, a friend showed me a poster for the ‘Couch to 5k’ course which was being run in a nearby park. ‘Why not’, I thought. Having found this surprisingly gentle, my friend and I decided to go a little further and enter the Cambridge Half Marathon – a bold and somewhat confusing decision for someone who used to think cross-country was a dirty word and ‘fun run’ the most obvious oxymoron of all time.

Nevertheless, whilst my friend succumbed to an injury, I was accepted to run and so it was time to move onto a gruelling training schedule of less beer, more salad and more pavement pounding. Illness robbed me of training over Christmas but also meant I didn’t drink which helped with the calorie count. Post-Christmas I moved onto a schedule of training with my Personal Trainer once a week, run on a treadmill on Thursdays and run a longer distance through the villages on Sundays. For once, living on one of the highest and hilliest points in East Anglia was horrid! Those hills took a bite from me every time I struggled up them, but I knew they were doing me good as Cambridge was flat in comparison.

Whilst all this was going on, I decided to make it worthwhile and run for a charity. Being Housemaster of Hayward House, we have new pupils join each year from outside of the College. Joining our Sixth Form in September was a young man who had experienced a desperately sad and tragic bereavement in his family as his younger sister had passed away from cancer a few years previously. Having contacted his parents, his mother suggested I ran for a Hospice in Milton, Cambridge that had helped both his sister, him and the family in the last heart-wrenching days. Needless to say, I felt privileged to run for such a cause.

Simon Lipscombe Half Marathon Selfie


It never fails to astound me the generosity of the community in which I work and the young men and women with whom I work. The House, my pupils and my colleagues were awesome and helped raise well over £300 for EACH – East Anglian Children’s Hospices, the umbrella charity that runs Milton.

In the end I ran the half marathon in 2 hours and 39 minutes and considering I would have viewed it as insurmountable half a year earlier, I was quite pleased with that. The fact that I had also helped out a local charity that had helped a member of the College community made it even better and helped ease those sore joints and muscles.


Will I do it next year? Will I keep on running every week? I haven’t decided yet, but I did enjoy it; not as much as chasing any kind of ball around a pitch or court, but there was something excitably primal in running that distance. 2 hours 39 was pretty slow…watch this space!”