MORE than 1,000 staff and pupils ran through the streets of Leigh Park in memory of a teacher’s sister.
Georgie Harris, a teacher at Park Community School, in Middle Park Way, beamed as students and teachers jostled each other to win the 2.4-mile race held annually since her sister Louisa Hirst was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago.
Sadly Ms Hirst lost her battle with the disease last October, aged 42, which made this year’s Race at our Place even more poignant.
Georgie said: ‘The atmosphere was amazing. The whole school took part – teachers, pupils reception staff, kitchen staff. Everyone loved it.
‘There was a competitive element too which really egged everyone on.
‘The headteacher and another member of staff put up a financial reward for anyone who could beat them which added even more to the total for Cancer Research UK.
‘There was great community spirit from the residents too. The landlady of The Swallow pub set up a stall outside and gave away free drinks to the runners.
‘Unfortunately Louisa lost her battle with cancer last October.’
All of the runners paid £2 to enter to Georgie is hoping to have raised at least £2,000. Pupils Amy Pasco and Gabby Wright did the run alongside their teacher and also put together a booklet in tribute to her sister.
Amy, 13, said: ‘It was brilliant. Everyone had a smile on their faces while they were running. Lots of people put money in for Cancer Research.’
And Gabby, also 13, said: ‘It was for a really good cause. People were running in memory of loved ones they had lost.’
First to finish was 15-year-old Jack Rothwell, pictured inset.