Teacher Goes the Extra Mile!
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Mr Marc Tillotson, Biology teacher at Bolton School Boys' Division, really is going the extra mile for his pupils as he gets into serious training in order to run the Kielder Marathon on 17 October. His fundraising effort will raise money so that Sixth Form students can visit Indonesia on a Biology field trip in July 2011. Marc said: "I have run three marathons before but my training is a bit behind schedule. Come the day, I will be ready though and it should be a stunning setting to run a marathon on the 26 mile path around Kielder Water in Northumberland."
The money raised will go towards the travel expenses to Indonesia. Buton Island is just off Sulawesi and where the boys need to reach in order to start Operation Wallacea. Given its remote location it will take three days of travel from the UK to reach it. In the first week, students will spend time in the rainforest assisting with conservation work and research. For the second week they will move to the Wakatobi National Park to study the marine ecosystems and study life beneath the waves helping protect the extensive coral reefs in the region.
Operation Wallacea is a series of biological and conservation management research programmes that operate in remote locations across the world. These expeditions are designed with specific wildlife conservation aims in mind - from identifying areas needing protection, through to implementing and assessing conservation management programmes.
The surveys appear in a large number of publications in peer-reviewed journals each year and have resulted in 30 vertebrate species new to science being discovered, 4 'extinct' species being re-discovered and $2 million levered from funding agencies to set up best practice management examples at the study sites.
The expeditions are now operating in 8 countries: Indonesia, Honduras, Egypt, Cuba, South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar and Peru. In each country a long-term agreement is signed with a partner organisation e.g. Honduran Coral Reef Foundation in Honduras.
Anyone wishing to sponsor Mr Tillotson, should contact him at: MAT@boltonschool.org
**Postscript to the story: on 17 October Mr Tillotson ran the Kielder Marathon in a time of 3 hours and 27 seconds and finished 18th in the race!**