At the start of each new year pupils at Newington Community Primary School in Ramsgate are encouraged to make resolutions that they will try to keep throughout January.

And in the spirit of togetherness at the school, teachers made their own resolution to the children.

They vowed to get out of their comfy chairs and get into training and take up running.

On Saturday, March 23, the teachers ‘Couch to 10k’ challenge comes to fruition.

Encouraged by Head Teacher Cliff Stokes – a keen runner – the 34 men and women including teachers, teaching assistants, cleaners and kitchen staff line, up at the Granville Theatre on Ramsgate’s East Cliff at 9.30am and head along the cliff top and prom around the coast to Stone Bay in Broadstairs and back. There will also be a 5k route for those who wish to walk the die.

Mr Stokes said: 

“Whatever level they are at, it will definitely have improved during the last three months, so they will all reap the benefit of this challenge.

Some of them have developed a love of running and now take part in locally organised weekend park runs for fun.

This is all about honouring a commitment made to our pupils – I am sure they will all go the distance, improve on their personal best times, and demonstrate the unity that we are so proud of in our Newington community.”


**For more information, contact Head Teacher Cliff Stokes on (01843) 593412.