A HEAD teacher has completed a marathon walk to raise funds for his school’s new sports facility

Stephen Mulryne, who is headteacher of Terrington Hall School took part in a 188-mile sponsored walk from Terrington St Clements, Norfolk to Terrington, North Yorkshire.

By completing the fundraiser, Mr Mulryne has raised more than £4,000 for the construction of the school’s new all-weather sports facility.

Mr Mulryne, who take part in the walk over the half-term holiday, was greeted at Malton’s market place on by friends, parents, staff and pupils of the school who accompanied him for the last leg of his journey back to Terrington.

He said: “It was overwhelming to have so many of the school turning out to support me.

“I was never so relieved to see the gates of the school and to have more than 50 parents, pupils and staff by my side made it a very special moment indeed.

“Walking for ten days, camping out every night and carrying everything on my back had proved an endurance test beyond anything I had imagined.

“My feet were certainly in a very bad place by the time I returned.

“Without doubt it was the tremendous support I received from my family and the school which kept me going.”

After a year of planning and fundraising, work is now under way on the construction of Terrington Halls’ 80 metre x 40 metre sand-dressed synthetic turf pitch.

Completion is due for the start of the new academic year in September. The new facility will provide a hockey pitch, tennis courts and netball courts, and will also be available as an all-weather training surface for football, rugby and cricket.

Mr Mulryne said: “This capital development project marks a very exciting time for Terrington Hall and will revolutionise the school’s sporting provision for its current and future pupils.

“We have appointed CLS Sports, a division of family-run Cleveland Land Services, to carry out the work and I am thrilled at the swift progress they have already made on the project.”