Runners’ air ambulance cash boost

Colin Jackson from the Great North Air Ambulance is presented with a cheque for �600 from Eskdale School PE teacher Andy Raw and some of the students

Colin Jackson from the Great North Air Ambulance is presented with a cheque for �600 from Eskdale School PE teacher Andy Raw and some of the students

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ESKDALE School runners raised more than £1,200 from competing in the Bupa Junior and Mini Great North Run.

After a miserable summer holidays, more than 20 Eskdale School students trained ready to compete in the 4km junior event, which took place in September.

The chosen charity this year was the Great North Air Ambulance with all money raised being shared with the PE department for some new equipment.

First up was the ‘Pasta Party’ where all young athletes and staff fill up on carbohydrates fuelling themselves ready for the rest of the day.

The City Games, which are held through out the Saturday, were just starting as we arrived and Mo Farah who had pulled out of the main event was closely watched by the school’s leader of the trip, Jenny Dixon, who was ecstatic to see him close up.

Farah comfortably won the two-mile race midday, giving huge encouragement to Eskdale’s runners.

Nearly 6,000 take part in the mini and junior Great North Run and more than 700 people took part in the new Great North 5km.

Eskdales’ runners compete in different age groups starting at different points along the quayside.

Parents and staff waited in anticipation for the starter’s pistol. Each runner has a microchip attached to their trainer which trips the time on passing and trips it again on finishing. A big screen above the finish line allows spectators to see the runner’s name and time once the 4km race is complete.

Some athletes were easier to see than others with face painting and fancy dress a highlight of the day.

Highlights from the day were Till Paige, Elliot Metcalfe and Kaan Akel with some great times and positions.

A huge well done to all runners, a big thank you to parents for your support, Esk Valley coaches and Mrs Dixon for organising the day.