Half marathon challenge for city teachers

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TEACHERS from a city school will swap books for trainers when they take part in the Sheffield Half Marathon in May.

Staff at Birley Community College will be pounding the streets to raise money for the school’s four chosen charities after science teacher Joe Cain put the challenge to his colleagues.

He said: “I was really pleased by so many people coming forward. I’m thrilled as we will be doing something for the school’s charities too – it will be a whole school effort.”

The teams will be running for official half marathon charities Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston, and St Luke’s Hospice.

Help For Heroes will be represented and acting headteacher Sheelagh Woodcock will be running for the charity Animal Aid.

Joe said: “We’re a mixed bunch who are all very determined but there is definitely some competition among the PE teachers!”

The half marathon, on Sunday May 8 at Don Valley Stadium, has nearly reached capacity but there are still places left for the associated Fun Run. Log on to www.sheffieldmarathon.co.uk, email entries@sheffieldmarathon.com or call 0845 388 3438.