News > Update on Mark's Progress - 09/05/2017

Update on Mark's Progress - 09/05/2017


An update on Mark's progress towards his 25 park runs.
He has five to go but has been plagued by injury. Now fully fit again he plans to complete his mammoth task for Rainbows. He is hoping to have raised £300+

Retired Headteacher Runs For Rainbows GB's 25th Anniversary.



Mark Shaw, a retired head teacher, will be raising funds for the national charity Rainbows GB. He will be completing 25 park runs, culminating with a full marathon.


Next year is the 25th anniversary of the charity coming to Great Britain, with more than 750 schools now trained nationally, to deliver support to young people.


Mark Shaw introduced Rainbows to his school, Queensway Catholic Primary, in Torquay, in 2013. Bishop Christopher Budd gave his blessing to the development of Rainbows through the South West in 2103. Bishop Mark O’Toole, together with Father Mark O’Keefe, Episcopal Delegate for schools, have most recently, been very influential in the further development of the charity’s work in the diocese.  CAST, the multi school academy, has also pledged financial support to those who deliver the training to schools. There is significant growth in local schools running the Rainbows’ programmes, with further development planned.


Andrea Rodgers, National Co-director with responsibility for the South, said, "We are very grateful to Mark. He will be completing 25 park runs, aiming for under 25 minutes for each run. In addition to the park runs, Mark will be finishing his challenge with a marathon.


Andrea & Mark

The work done in schools with trained staff, is vital in ensuring children build resilience to move forward, after bereavement through death or other life changing loss”.


Mark will start in September 16 and complete his series of runs by March 17. He and the charity would be very grateful for sponsorship for Rainbows to continue to grow and flourish in our schools. Please make a difference to children by sponsoring through his giving page –




Andrea Rodgers  National Co-Director, South