South Shields teacher tackles Great North Run for former pupil Chloe Rutherford and her boyfriend Liam Curry

Harton Technology College teacher David Gibson, who will be taking part in the Great North Run in aid of Together4ever.
Harton Technology College teacher David Gibson, who will be taking part in the Great North Run in aid of Together4ever.

A South Tyneside teacher is set to pay tribute to former pupil Chloe Rutherford as he takes part in the Great North Run.

David Gibson will be one of thousands taking to the starting line of world’s biggest half marathon tomorrow.

Chloe and Liam

Chloe and Liam

The PE teacher, based at Harton Technology College, was the Chloe’s head of year during her time at the school in Lisle Road.

And when he found out about the Trust being created in her and her boyfriend Liam Curry’s name he quickly asked if he could run to raise funds for the cause.

Chloe, 17 and Liam, 19, were killed during the Manchester arena bomb attack in May.

Together, their families have set about creating the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust to celebrate their lives aimed at supporting those who have a passion in performance or sport, to nurture their talents through the help of bursaries.

She was popular with everyone and always smiling and happy.

David Gibson

The families are keen to keep the couple’s names alive by helping inspiring performers or sportspeople to fulfil their potential - Chloe had a gift for performing while Liam was a talented cricketer.

Mr Gibson, who is currently head of year nine at the school, said: “I was head of year for Chloe for five years, she was such a lovely girl who was never any trouble.

“She was popular with everyone and always smiling and happy.

“I was at the remembrance service when my dad was talking to the families and they mentioned the idea of the Trust.

“I already had my Great North place but I wasn’t running for any charity or cause, so I asked if could run for the Trust.

“It is such a fantastic idea and it’s a great way of remembering them.”

To sponsor Mr Gibson visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dave-gibson