A SCHOOL secretary is preparing to take on her first marathon in memory of her father.

Paula Edgar, 41, who works at Terrington Hall School, is raising money for the British Heart Foundation in honour of her dad Paul, who died 12 years ago of a cardiac failure, aged 52.

She will take place in the London Marathon on April 22.

She said: “The day I found out that I had got a place was a really emotional one for me as the British Heart Foundation is a charity very close to my heart.

“Training and fundraising for the 26-mile event is a huge commitment, but I have been overwhelmed by the support of family, friends and colleagues and the amazing Terrington Hall community.

“I am deeply touched by the kindness of our parents and pupils.

"The marathon will be difficult, but I am ready for the challenge.

"I am hoping to do it in under four hours and raise £3,000.”

As part of her training Paula took part in Terrington Hall School’s Cross Country Tournament.

“Our school setting lends itself perfectly to cross country – providing a scenic and challenging multi-terrain course.

“I was delighted to have the opportunity to join the U13 girls’ 5K race,” she said.

“It was super to see so many children representing their schools and enjoying the camaraderie and competition. Well done to everyone who took part.”

To support Paula, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/paulajane

There is also an Easter Bop taking place on Friday, March 20 in aid of the British Heart Foundation and L.I.A.M charity.

Tickets are available by emailing paula.edgar@googlemail.com