School run to raise funds

A group of teachers and pupils from Hazel Grove High School are set to take part in the Great Manchester Run to raise funds for Francis House Children’s Hospice.

Dave Bradbury, business studies teacher at the Stockport school, has rallied a team of sixteen colleagues including senior management staff, to take on the Great Manchester Run 10k and half marathon course on Sunday, May 20.

Dave was so impressed by his students’ hard work in a Dragon’s Den style enterprise competition held at Manchester airport, that raised more than £280 for Francis House, he asked the staff to do something equally ambitious.

“When we did the enterprise competition the students worked really hard on it and we were given such enthusiastic support from Francis House.

“I don’t think that it is too much to ask for us to do a charity run.” said Dave.

Joining the teachers taking on the 10k are sixth form students Shae Crawford and Harry Meats. Eight of the more experienced running staff and their partners are tackling the 13.1 mile half marathon.

“There are a core of people at the school who love running, two or three of the teachers run most mornings before school.

“Scott Richardson, our head of computing wouldn’t class himself as a runner, but he has been the catalyst for getting everyone in the department involved,” said Dave.

The teachers are also motivating themselves through a Whats App group, by posting up pictures from training runs promoting a competitive banter between the departments.

Dave’s wife Claire and two-year-old son William, will be in the crowd on the day waving Francis House flags in support.

“I’ve done the Great Manchester Run every year for the last ten years. It has a unique atmosphere, with crowds of people cheering you on, it really is amazing. It’s a far enough distance that I can cope with and if I complete it in under an hour I’ll be quite happy.”

Last year the high school team raised £540 for St Ann’s Hospice and are hoping to exceed that amount.

To read about taking part in the Great Manchester Run and other running and cycling events in support of Francis House click HERE

To support Team Hazel Grove High’s fundraising visit

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