Pupils and staff prepare for Great North Run events

Epinay School teachers and pupils are taking part in the GNR to raise funds for the school and various charities. 'Pupils from left Alfie Campbell aged 8 and George Richardson aged 8
Epinay School teachers and pupils are taking part in the GNR to raise funds for the school and various charities. 'Pupils from left Alfie Campbell aged 8 and George Richardson aged 8

Teachers and pupils at a South Tyneside school will be aiming to put their best foot forward when they take part in fun runs this weekend.

Four staff and two pupils from Epinay Business and Enterprise School in Clervaux Terrace, Jarrow will be joining thousands of others at Great North Run events.

They are being joined by one school governor and four supporters of the school.

Alfie Campbell and George Richarson, both eight, will be the first of the team of runners who will compete in the Mini Great North Run to help raise funds for the school.

The event on Saturday will see the youngsters complete the 1.5km course along the Newcastle/Gateshead quayside.

They will be followed by the team of teachers, on Sunday, who are all taking part in the 13.1 mile run from Newcastle to South Shields.

Another three teachers from the school will be taking part in the run raising funds for other charities close to their hearts.

Dianne Mountain, business development manager at the school said: “It is something we do every year, we started off a couple of years ago with a few teachers and it has just grown from there and now pupils are getting involved.

“We hope to raise £1,000 between us for the school which will be used to fund trips, resources and equipment.

“It has created quite a buzz around the school and we are receiving a lot of support from people – the sponsor forms have been going around for a while now.”

Epinay Business & Enterprise School is a Co-operative Trust School which caters for children and young people from 5–18 years of age (including Post 16) with a wide range of special educational and complex needs.

Anyone who would like to sponsor the team can visit https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/friendsofepinayschool