Paralympian to fly the flag for a Guisborough college at the Great North Run (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Paralympian to fly the flag for a Guisborough college at the Great North Run
A PARALYMPIAN will be taking part in her first elite race at this year’s Great North Run.
And student Jade Jones will be joined three members of staff from Guisborough’s Prior Pursglove College who are all running for charity this weekend.
The 17-year-old, who has competed throughout Europe this year, is competing in the Tyne Tunnel 2k tomorrow evening (Friday) before tackling the elite women’s wheelchair race on Sunday.
The former Ormesby School pupil, who was the youngest competitor for Team GB at the 2012 London Paralympics, said, “I’m looking forward to taking part in both events, it’s always nice to compete closer to home as the crowd are always really supportive.”
The Middlesbrough teenager, who studies Biology, Chemistry and Law at the college, won the Tyne Tunnel 2k event last year and finished second in both 2011 and 2010.
PE teacher Chris Burke, sports development coordinator Dave Johnston and marketing officer Jonny Marshall are all donning their running shoes to take on the 13.1 mile route.
The 28 year-old teacher, from Marton, is running with his fiancée and two cousins to raise cash for the Daisy Chain Project.
While the college’s sports development coordinator has taken on the challenge in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
And it is the first time that Whitley Bay resident Mr Marshall has taken on the challenge to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Robert Grierson, vice principal at the college, said, “We’re really proud that Jade is a fantastic ambassador for the College, not just locally but on the internationally stage too. We are also thrilled that staff at the college are continuing our great tradition of raising money for some great charities.”
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