Educating Yorkshire school proves it’s a real class act as it takes on Leeds 10K challenge!

Students and staff from one of the country's most famous schools are preparing to take on a 10K challenge in aid of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

A team of over 30 from Thornhill Community Academy - made famous on Channel 4's award-winning Educating Yorkshiretelevision series - have signed up for the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K on Sunday July 20th with all the cash they raise going to the appeal, which supports children's and cancer charities.

The race is part of the legacy of the late inspirational Jane Tomlinson who founded the event in 2007.

Among the staff taking part is Matthew Burton, who in a memorable episode reminiscent of the filmThe King's Speech, helped one of his pupils, Musharaf, overcome a severe stammer to deliver an emotional speech to a leavers' assembly on the last day of term.

While pounding the streets for the appeal, teachers and pupils will be involved in a fun challenge to show who is the fastest.

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Headteacher Jonny Mitchell, who will help start the race, said: "Everyone is really looking forward to taking part in the Leeds 10K.

"It's a great opportunity for staff and students to support a brilliant event and raise money for an excellent cause. Jane Tomlinson was a true local hero and her legacy continues to inspire so many people."

Siobhan Curtis, Jane Tomlinson Appeal legacy manager, said: "The Leeds 10K continues to go from strength to strength and we are really grateful to all the students and staff at Thornhill Community Academy who are running on behalf of the appeal. Their efforts will benefit some really deserving local good causes."

Asda Foundation manager Julie Ward said: "We are proud to be supporting such a popular 10K that is enjoyed by thousands of people and benefits so many local charities. Hundreds of Asda colleagues have signed up to take part and they, like many others, are really looking forward to the event."

Over the past seven years the Leeds 10K, organised by Jane Tomlinson's Run For All, has raised over £2m for charity.

The race is supported by Asda Foundation, Clarion, Leeds City Council, Yorkshire Evening Post, Real Radio, Runner's World and Run247.com.