Full marks as Josh inspires teachers

Children's Hospital Half Marathon Campaign''Birley Community College teachers Keith Cronin (PE), Paul Richards (IT), Mark Burdett (DT), Kim Page (DT), Luke Chapman (Science), Joshua Draycott, Pete Walton (PE), Tara Madeley (PE), Bev Chadburn (Science Technician).
Children's Hospital Half Marathon Campaign''Birley Community College teachers Keith Cronin (PE), Paul Richards (IT), Mark Burdett (DT), Kim Page (DT), Luke Chapman (Science), Joshua Draycott, Pete Walton (PE), Tara Madeley (PE), Bev Chadburn (Science Technician).
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An INSPIRATIONAL schoolboy has persuaded his teachers to lace up their trainers for the city’s half marathon, to raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Joshua Draycott, aged 14, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 18 months, has got eight of his teachers at Birley Community College training for the run in May.

Peter Walton, head of PE at the school, said: “When Josh asked me if I’d run the Sheffield Half Marathon I immediately said yes.

“Josh is an inspiration to both the teachers and his fellow pupils here and I’m amazed at what he’s capable of, so of course we wanted to support him and the hospital.

“He has only ever missed two lessons of PE despite his condition and he is always up for whatever sport we are playing.”

Joshua had several operations to enable him to walk when he was young – but, despite his condition, he is a member of the Hallamshire Harriers running club.

His teachers, whose subjects include PE, Design and Technology, IT and French, are hoping to raise at least £1,000 and will be organising a non-uniform day at the school to help achieve their target.

“We’re a mixed bunch,” said Mr Walton. “Some of us have run marathons before, but this will be PE teacher Tara Madeley’s first ever half marathon.

“Paul Richards, who teaches IT, is the one to beat as he ran last year’s half marathon in just under one hour and 40 minutes.”

Joshua’s mum Michaela said: “Joshua is an inspiration to everyone he meets, nothing defeats him.”

n The Sheffield Half Marathon – www.sheffieldmarathon.com – takes place on Sunday, May 27, from Don Valley Stadium. To run for Sheffield Children’s Hospital visit www.tchc.org.uk/run