Triathlon event in aid of association

Left to right: Sarah Johnston, Alan Young, Ged Stanton, Yvonne Boyd.

Left to right: Sarah Johnston, Alan Young, Ged Stanton, Yvonne Boyd.

Staff at a North Shields school put their fitness to the test in a charity challenge.

A team of 15 members of staff and pupils at St Thomas More RC School raised money for the Stroke Association by taking part in a challenging mini-triathlon.

They swam half a kilometre at Tynemouth Pool, cycled 20km along the waggonways of North Tyneside, ran 5km along the seafront to Tynemouth while the students completed a 5km run at Gosforth Fitness & Wellbeing Centre.

Ged Stanton, head of history and organiser of the triathlon, said: “When they were in Years 8 and 9, our sixth form students took part in the Aspire Swim Challenge, while in Years 10 and 11 they raised money in a Team Mini Triathlon. We were keen to step it up again this year and decided to invited staff to participate.

“We hope to raise a big sum of money for the Stroke Association.”

Jo Beverley, regional fundraiser at the Stroke Association, added: “With around 152,000 strokes a year in the UK – that’s around one every three and a half minutes – it is vital we have people who can raise funds for people affected by stroke.

“We’re extremely grateful to the staff and pupils at St Thomas More Academy for their support.

“The money raised will help us to prevent strokes and reduce their effect through campaigning, education and research.

“It will also to help support people in the north east adjusting to a life after stroke.”




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