Staff from Knowle West school take on fitness challenge

Staff at a Knowle West school have donned their sweat bands and running gear and been braving the cold weather to train for the Bristol 10k in May.

There might not be any Usain Bolt’s among them – but the intrepid team of ten from Ilminster Avenue Specialist Nursery School have decided to get fit and take on the challenge – despite some of them never having run before.

They feel they are setting a good example for pupils and are asking all the families to come and support them at the event on 4 May – when they will be raising funds for the NSPCC.

Family Link Worker Lucy Hooper (42) was the motivator who entered the team into the race and recruited staff to join in.

She told The Knowledge: “We started training after Christmas and run no less than three times a week. We are doing the couch to 5k or couch to 10k…

“It’s about our wellbeing so families and children can see about fitness. Before the run we are going to promote health and fitness in the school…”

Training is fitted round teaching hours – with staff also going outside in the school garden to run and using treadmills at home.

Acting Head teacher Matt Caldwell said: “We want to encourage as many of our families and children down to the Bristol 10k as possible. It isn’t just about us being fit – it’s about lifelong fitness for our families…”

For more information about the race visit: www.greatrun.org

Usain Bolt here we come! Staff in kit preparing for a training session.