Steeple Morden teachers race school bus to Litlington for Children with Cancer

PUBLISHED: 11:51 04 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:52 05 April 2016

The start

The start

Most people have heard of the man versus food challenge, but not many have heard of man versus bus.

The bus with childrenThe bus with children

But that wasn’t reason enough to put off a group of five members of staff and a school governor at Steeple Morden Primary School when they raced the school bus to Litlington last Friday.

The challenge was set to help raise money for Children with Cancer – one of the school’s chosen charities.

The result was far from predictable and it turned out to be a close run competition.

The runners had a bit of a head-start as it took some time for the children to board the bus and for it to turn around.

The bus at LitlingtonThe bus at Litlington

Yet things heated up when the bus caught up with the runners as it entered Litlington.

As the bus needed to negotiate parked cars by the side of the road, the runners managed to forge ahead and get to the bus stop first, beating it by a margin.

Headteacher Richard Lloyd will be running the London Marathon later this month for the charity, and Year 5 teacher David Beavan ran the Paris Marathon at the weekend to help raise funds.

David said: “We decided to raise the money for Children With Cancer as we’ve had a number of children at the school who have experienced of it.

“The children at the school challenged Richard to run a marathon, but I’m not sure where the idea to race the bus came from.

“I think it was a throw away comment that grew momentum. Suddenly we found we were doing it.

“It was strange racing against the bus as we had no idea how well we were doing. It was quite exciting. We had a bit of a welcome party and raised £300.”

If you would like to help Richard raise money for Children with Cancer, you can donate to his fundraising page here.

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