A team of students from a Durham school have volunteered their time to ensure a major sporting event in their home city runs smoothly later this month.
Over 20 Year 10 students aged 15-16 from Framwellgate School Durham are set to play a vital role in the second annual Prince Bishops Durham City Run on Wednesday 19 July.
The volunteers will undertake a range of roles, such as marshalling at the finishing line, ensuring that 2,500 participants in the 5K and 10K runs, and thousands of spectators, have an enjoyable race-day experience.
Alisdair Nicholas, Head Teacher at Framwellgate School, commented: “We are delighted to be joining Steve Cram’s volunteer team to support the Durham City Run on 19 July. Supporting such an ambassador for sport in the North East is a great way for our students to mix with some top athletes in their home city, and be an integral part of a major event. All of the students are super excited.”
To show his appreciation of the vital role of the Framwellgate School volunteers, Prince Bishops Durham City Run founder and race director Steve Cram will open the school’s new state-of-the-art sports facility in September.
Mr Nicholas added: “We are also thrilled that Steve will be our guest of honour at the opening of our brand new £2.2m sports hall on 20 September.”
Steve Cram comments: “We are very grateful to the Framwellgate School students for giving up their time to play a vital role in this year’s Prince Bishops Durham City Run. The event has grown significantly since last year, so the additional help is very welcome. Volunteers play an absolutely essential role in supporting our experienced events team and allowing large-scale sporting events of this kind to be staged. Events of the North has a brilliant core team of volunteers, also boosted by some cadets from the army and police and fire services this year. We are really grateful to all of the volunteers who help out at our events and I know that our runners really appreciate them too.”
The Prince Bishops Durham City Run is organised by Events of the North and supported by Durham County Council. The event is supported by sports nutrition company Totum Sport as performance partner. Both the 10K and 5K races are now sold out.
For the latest news about the Durham City Run, keep an eye on www.durhamcityrun.com, find the event on Facebook and follow @DurhamCityRun on Twitter. Anyone interested in volunteering at the event should send an email to volunteers@eventsofthenorth.