Worksop pupils run 23 marathons in memory of young

Pupils proudly show their medals after their marathon day.
Pupils proudly show their medals after their marathon day.

Pupils at Redlands Primary School ran a whopping 23 marathons to remember a young Worksop man who lost his battle with cancer.

Children and staff ran a total of 615.28 miles this week in support of Clic Sargent children’s cancer charity.

School marathon in memory of Worksop lad Liam Buckley.  MARK FEAR PHOTOGRAPHY

School marathon in memory of Worksop lad Liam Buckley. MARK FEAR PHOTOGRAPHY

The day as also an opportunity to remember Liam Buckley, who died of cancer in 2015, aged just 23.

Teacher Janet Buckley, Liam’s mum, is running the London Marathon on Sunday with her husband, Darren, and Amanda Jones, Liam’s first teacher at Redlands.

Janet, who ran the marathon last year, said: “When I told the children we were running the marathon, they didn’t know anything about it or London. That’s how the idea came about.

“We had a really great day. The children learned a lot and everybody was running – even the nursery children.”

School marathon in memory of Worksop lad Liam Buckley.  MARK FEAR PHOTOGRAPHY

School marathon in memory of Worksop lad Liam Buckley. MARK FEAR PHOTOGRAPHY

The children all received medals after completing the challenge.

Steven Walker, headteacher at Redlands, said: “I am delighted that both Janet and Amanda are running for such a great cause and hope they really enjoy the whole experience. They have been an inspiration for the school as they have prepared for the event and we are all very proud of their achievements so far and we will all be cheering for them on Sunday.

Liam Buckley, 23, lost his battle with bowel cancer in October 2015 at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield after being diagnosed with the terminal illness the previous year.