James Lyon Taylor Marathon Achievement

James Lyon Taylor (CR 2006-present) recently completed an amazing three marathons in three days with his friend, Nick Cowley, who ran six marathons in five days. They were running to raise money for The Talent Tap.

The Marlburian Club has been working with The Talent Tap over the last few years. The charity, set up by Nick eight years ago, supports talented and ambitious sixth-form students from under-privileged backgrounds in finding the opportunities, work experience and network needed to help them secure the jobs they deserve. Since Marlborough started working with The Talent Tap, they have supported up to 6 students from our partner state school, The Swindon Academy.

The Talent Tap pays for the students’ accommodation, transport and living costs whilst they are on residential work experience packages. Without that support, Swindon Academy students would never be able to do work experience and hence they would not be able to compete for top graduate jobs. The Talent Tap now wants to help more students and in doing so improve social mobility for more communities in Britain, including Wiltshire.

James said: “I would be extremely grateful for any support that you can give The Talent Tap. It costs £1.5k per student per year to change the trajectory of their lives. So if you can spare a penny the fundraising page is here. Any amount will help – it costs £40 pounds per night for a student’s accommodation, £30 for a train fare and £20 per day for their food.

“Even if you cannot donate, please do spread the word about The Talent Tap. It is extremely important that independent schools are doing their bit to support the state system, so working with organisations like The Talent Tap directly benefits Marlborough College and the local area.”

Their incredible physical achievement has already raised over £35,000.