Kids striding high in memory of Leeds teacher Ann Maguire

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More than 2,000 children are set to stride out in big-hearted style and raise funds in memory of much-missed Leeds teacher Ann Maguire.

Pupils from around 30 Catholic schools across the city will be tackling a two-kilometre fun run this Friday afternoon.

They will be raising money for the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund at the event, which is being held at St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School in Cross Gates.

Young people from Halton Moor’s Corpus Christi Catholic College – where Mrs Maguire worked for more than 40 years – are among those taking part while some of their fellow pupils will be acting as marshals.

Mrs Maguire’s widower, Don, will be starting the run while Olympic hurdler Perri Shakes-Drayton will also be in attendance.

It is hoped the event will raise as much as £5,000 for the education fund.

St Theresa’s headteacher John Hutchinson said: “It should be an amazing day. It will fit in with our aim of promoting healthy minds and bodies – and of course it will be raising plenty of money for a cause which means a great deal to everyone.”

Organised by the GO Run For Fun campaign, Friday’s fundraiser will come just days before the first anniversary of Mrs Maguire’s death.

The 61-year-old mother-of-two, from Moortown, was fatally stabbed by pupil Will Cornick as she taught a lesson at Corpus Christi last April.

Her family subsequently set up the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund to help young people throughout Leeds realise their potential in areas such as drama and singing.