Running the classroom

Seven members of staff from the Sutton Academy are competing in the Liverpool marathon.'Pictured are six of them Front Row LtR: Mike Dwyer, Robbie Owens and Mike Bale, 'Back Row LtR:Laura Tickle, Rob Hughes and Anthony Albrecht
Seven members of staff from the Sutton Academy are competing in the Liverpool marathon.'Pictured are six of them Front Row LtR: Mike Dwyer, Robbie Owens and Mike Bale, 'Back Row LtR:Laura Tickle, Rob Hughes and Anthony Albrecht

A HARDY of group of St Helens teachers are set to embark on a marathon challenge.

The seven-strong group, who all teach at Sutton Academy, will tackle the Liverpool Marathon on Sunday (October 9).

And they’re hoping to raise as much cash as possible for the Liverpool Unites charity.

Assistant vice-principal Robbie Owens said: “There’s been a lot of blood, sweat and tears put into training for this - now we’re just looking forward to it.

“Earlier this year a group of us did the Liverpool half-marathon and afterwards we just decided we should go one step further.”

The Sutton Academy seven - Mr Owens, PE teachers Paul Lane and Mile Bate, business teacher Mike Dwyer, drama teachers Anthony Albrecht and Rob Hughes, and progress manager Laura Tickle - have pledged to complete the 26.2 mile race together.

“We live all over the North West so we’ve not been able to do all our training together,” said Mr Owens.

“However, we do have the running track as school so we’ve been able to do quite to a few sessions together there.”

All cash from the Liverpool Unites scheme will go towards a fund-raising target for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

The scheme aims to raise £500,000 to build a play area in the new Children’s Health Park, which is due to be completed in 2014.

Mr Owens added: “Everyone at the school has been really supportive. There are students here who’ve been treated at Alder Hey, so that makes it all the more important a cause. We’re just determined to finish now in a decent time - and get round in one piece!”

To sponsor the group visit justgiving.com/Robert-Hughes0