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'Weston’s Warriors' to run York 10k in memory of former head teacher
Staff and parents from Knavesmire Primary School, led by organiser Lucy Goulden (foreground), during training for the Jane Tomlinson 10k which they are running in memory of former head teacher Carol Weston
PUPILS, parents and staff at a York primary school are limbering up for the Jane Tomlinson 10k in memory of a former head teacher.
Carol Weston, who was 50, was the head of Knavesmire Primary School in South Bank for nine years, and was credited with leading the popular school to outstanding success. The mother-of-one was diagnosed with cancer early in 2011 and died in June last year.
Adam Cooper, current head of the Trafalgar Street school, described Mrs Weston, who lived in Pocklington with her grown-up son, Richard, as a “strong and inspirational” head teacher.
He said the school wanted to mark her memory and raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Research.
A 31-strong team of parents, teaching assistants and teachers at the school, calling themselves Weston’s Warriors, will be taking part in the 10k on Sunday, August 5. A group of pupils will also be taking part in the junior Run For All event. Mr Cooper, who worked with Mrs Weston for four years, said she had a “wicked sense of humour” and was a “great friend and mentor”.
He said the Weston’s Warriors meet every Thursday for training sessions and said they hoped to raise hundreds of pounds for Macmillian – a cause chosen by Mrs Weston’s son, who will also be joining the team on the day.
Lucy Goulden, teaching assistant at the school, helped set up the run and her two young children Chris and Daisy are both taking part in the junior event.
She said: “We are a group of people who knew Carol. We are her family, colleagues and parents at the school, Knavesmire Primary, where she was head teacher. Mrs Weston was an inspirational woman. Her style and attention to detail was impeccable, she enjoyed tap dancing, socialising and any excuse for a new pair of shoes.
“She really was unique, much admired by her colleagues and is greatly missed.
“The Macmillan nurses were a great comfort to Carol throughout her short illness. We would like to thank them and remember Carol Weston.”
To sponsor the team, visit justgiving.com/teams/westons-warriors Anyone who would like to join the Weston Warrior should contact Lucy Goulden at firstname.lastname@example.org