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Middle-aged, middle-weight, mother of 3 on mad marathon mission
Middle-aged, middle-weight, mother of 3 on mad marathon mission
When I started this blog, it was to track my progress from an occasional kayaker to taking on the Devizes to Westminster non stop 125 race. Little did I know that would start me on a long distance obsession which has resulted in my completing the 30th Marathon des Sables. It has been a strange and sometimes painful ... but always wonderfully challenging journey

This is my occasional account of a middle-age mother's attempt to take on things which are really quite beyond her.

Good bye Alfie

crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwiMar 23rd 2011
Just as I was heading out to teach today, my phone went with some devastating news. One of my students from the school I was at until September, was missing after a fishing accident, presumed drowned. One boy had made it to the side of the lake (an old quarry pit), but Alfie didn't make it. He was 15, the cheekiest of boys, who will leave an enormous hole in many lives.

Alfie's body was found late this morning. Their inflatable dinghy had sprung a sudden leak and they were thrown into the freezing water. It's difficult to continue teaching with news like this, but unlike the time a few months back when an 11 year old died, this time none of my current students knew him.

As teachers and coaches we come into contact with a huge number of children - in the last 3 years 4 of my students have died, 2 who I knew very well. Life seems so transient, we don't know what's round the corner. Alfie was only 15, was sitting in a boat on a sunny afternoon doing what he loved - fishing. A few minutes later it was over.

I took to the water this afternoon - I needed time to clear my head and say my good-byes to a boy who could infuriate and entertain in equal measures. Oh Alfie.
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crawlingkiwiby blog author: crawlingkiwi, Mar 24th 2011 20:39
Alfie was also an incredibly talented sportsman - particularly ice hockey. It has been so moving reading tributes from all over the country from fellow ice-hockey players and their families.
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