Teacher on Track: Beauchamp Principal Headed to Tokyo

June 28, 2021

As Assistant Principal at Oadby’s Beauchamp College, Kevin Seaward is no stranger to multi-tasking.

Yet with a clear run to the Tokyo Olympic Games after first qualifying in 2019, he continues to push the boundaries of time-juggling. Balancing elite-level marathon training while overseeing 3,000 students is but all in a day’s work for Kevin, who will regularly begin his school day with a 7 mile run into work.

Representing Ireland, Kevin is one of just three marathon runners selected from Northern Ireland. He boasts a remarkable personal best of 2 hours 10 minutes, achieved only last year in the 2020 Seville Marathon. Kevin credits his fond memories of running in the Belfast countryside as a school boy as laying the foundations for his love for running.

Despite this success, 2020 also presented numerous obstacles for not only Kevin, but all who had their sights set firmly on Tokyo; after the games were suddenly postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Such a spanner in the works that threatened years of training and meticulous time-planning in the lead up to the games might have been enough to throw any runner off-track.

But not Kevin, who was quoted as saying “As athletes, we face challenges on a daily basis and strive to remain focused on the long-term goal”. As such, Kevin maintained his training – with a few changes in place during lockdown – and has been re-selected to represent Ireland in a mere month’s time.

Even with the excitement of the games being well in-sight now, the teacher of 12 years maintains that his love for his work still comes first: “Running comes second to a career I love. As much as I get my motivation from running, I get my passion from being able to teach our young people and pass on my experience”.

Associate Principal of Beauchamp College, Sally Wicken, also relayed the mass support that will be backing Kevin nearly 6,000 miles away from Tokyo in Oadby, Leicestershire.

“We couldn’t be prouder of Kevin’s vast achievements, and we know first-hand that the resilience, passion and drive he shows in the classroom will also carry him to the finish line in Tokyo. He’s extremely popular with our students and community, whose cheers he will surely be able to hear all the way from Tokyo”.