Rotherham school’s marathon effort to improve fitness of all

Staff from Badsley Moor School who are taking part in Sheffield Half Marathon. Pictured are Year 4 teacher and PE co-ordinator Greg Pursehouse, caretaker Derek Twible, non-teaching assistant Gillian Gregory and headteacher Sam Thompson with some of the pupils.
Staff from Badsley Moor School who are taking part in Sheffield Half Marathon. Pictured are Year 4 teacher and PE co-ordinator Greg Pursehouse, caretaker Derek Twible, non-teaching assistant Gillian Gregory and headteacher Sam Thompson with some of the pupils.
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TEACHERS at a South Yorkshire school will prove they are a class apart when they take on a running challenge.

A team of staff from Badsley Moor Lane Junior School in Herringthorpe, Rotherham, have signed up to the Sheffield Half Marathon to raise money to help cancer patients.

The group of four, which includes headteacher Sam Thompson, are far from seasoned runners but are putting their all into a gruelling training regime ahead of the 13-mile run in May.

Money raised from sponsorship will be donated to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity in Sheffield.

Their efforts are part of a school-wide fitness drive.

Mr Thompson said: “We began a drive to improve the fitness levels of the staff and children in the school. After completing several runs last year, we set ourselves the challenge of running the Sheffield Half Marathon.

“An ex-colleague is currently receiving radiotherapy treatment at Weston Park Hospital and we are eager to raise awareness and support the hospital however we can.”

The team has also constructed a chart for Year 6 pupils, which records the runners’ training against the progression of those taking their SATs tests, which they will sit in the same week of the race.

“Having a visual chart of both staff and pupil progression has encouraged the children to actively compete with us, and ultimately we all have something to work towards,” Mr Thompson added.

Teachers have tied in the half marathon with Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s Do Your Bit Campaign, which is encouraging people to pledge to support the charity in any way they can this year.