Pupils pull on trainers to support their teacher’s London Marathon fundraising

PUPILS at Arlies Primary, Stalybridge, have been out running to support teacher Gareth Hughes who is taking part in the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, April 28.

Gareth Hughes

They took part in a 2,019-metre fun run which related to Gareth taking part in the 2019 marathon.

The children raised around £1,000 for Gareth’s charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) which is in memory of his childhood friend Chris John, who died aged 32 of an undiagnosed heart condition.

The money raised by Gareth, 39, will help pay for screenings for young people aged between 18 and 35 years.

Gareth entered the general ballot for the London Marathon for the first time and was amazed to land a place bearing in mind there were 414,168 applicants for 17,500 ballot places and a 4.2 per cent chance of success.

“I couldn’t believe I got a place and it will be great to raise money for a cause so close to me,” he said.

Gareth, who has previously run three half marathons, says it will probably be the first and last marathon he will tackle.

He has trained up to 20 miles and in March did 115 miles training and he hopes to complete the 26.2 miles in under four hours.

There are expected to be around 41,000 runners on the start line from 56,398 entries that were accepted.

Gareth, who lives in Buxton, was raised in Stalybridge where he attended Ridge Hill Primary and West Hill High School. He has taught at Arlies for the last seven years.

Another fundraiser for CRY was held on April 21 at Stalybridge Celtic, a charity football match between Tameside teachers and Chris John’s friends and family.

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