Whitchurch headteacher expected to lead the way for inaugural Whitchurch 10K run

Published date: 11 February 2017 |
Published by: Emily Davies 
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DAVID O’Toole, headteacher from Whitchurch's Sir John Talbot’s School, is expected to be joined by more than 500 runners as they put on their best foot forward for the inaugural Whitchurch 10k run.

In partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and main sponsor Grocontinental, Sir John Talbot’s School is hosting the run on Sunday, April 9, which is attracting competitive and novice runners from across the region.

Starting and finishing at Sir John Talbot’s School, the road race will take a route around the historic market town of Whitchurch, showcasing shops, parks and local amenities. 

Road closures will be in place for a short time for the safety of runners. Fun runs and family activities will take place on the school grounds from 9am.

Prize money will be awarded to the three fastest males and females on the day. Proceeds from the event will be donated to cancer charity Macmillan, who provide invaluable practical, medical and financial assistance to individuals and families affected by cancer locally, and will also go towards much-needed resources at the school.

Mr O’Toole said: “Sport and healthy lifestyles are extremely important to us at Sir John Talbot’s School.

"We have expanded the use of  Whitchurch Leisure Centre to a wide range of activity providers and we are working closely with Sport Whitchurch to ensure sporting facilities in the town meet the needs of all active people in the Whitchurch area.

“April 9 promises to be activity  packed with the 10k run for anyone aged 15 years and over and a variety of shorter fun runs for younger age groups. 

“We hope to have a range of additional stalls and refreshments to keep everybody involved during the run. 

“Whether you want to participate as a runner, volunteer to help or simply support the charity and runners, come along and join in.”

Sir John Talbot’s School would appreciate any help on the day. Volunteer opportunities exist for race marshalling, car park attending, sponsorship, advertising and much, much more. 

For more information regarding the race, registration and volunteer opportunities,  visit the school website

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