Thousands turn out for hospice 6k

More than 2,400 pupils and staff from 40 Lanarkshire schools took part in the annual St Andrew’s Hospice schools 6k on Sunday.

The event, sponsored by IHE Stainless Ltd, saw the participants all come together at Strathclyde Park to create a fantastic atmosphere with many adding to the fun of the day by wearing fancy dress.

StAndrew's Hospice Schools 6K Road Race - Action Heroes

StAndrew's Hospice Schools 6K Road Race - Action Heroes

Pre-race entertainment was provided by Motherwell tv and radio personality Tam Cowan, comedienne Sue Robertson, DJ David Cluckie of St Andrew’s High, dancers from the Pamela Logan School of Dance and cheerleaders from John Ogilvie High School.

The race was started by former Celtic, West Ham and Scotland striker Frank McAvennie.

Luke Foss from Biggar High was the first male pupil across the line in a time of 19mins 46secs, followed by Aidan Gilbride from St Andrew’s & St Bride’s High in 20.07 and Ryan Flannagan from St Ambrose High in 21.19.

The first female pupil to finish was Hannah Robertson from Stonelaw High in 26.06, with Amy Harkins from Caldervale High in second in 26.10 and Pamela McNicol from Carluke High taking third in 26.52.

The top three male adults to finish were David Gardiner from Braidhurst High, Stephen Allen from Airdrie Academy and James Breen who teaches in both St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High and Trinity High.

Clare Hughes from Clyde Valley High led the top three female adults to finish along with Karyn Davies from Caldervale High and Donna Spence from Airdrie Academy.

Carol Hope, marketing director of IHE Stainless Ltd, presented the prizes to the winning runners in each category.

Hospice fundraising manager Louise O’Donnell said: “It was so great to see so many pupils and staff coming along to support St Andrew’s Hospice and the turnout surpassed all our expectations.

“The young people and staff are an absolute credit to themselves, their families and their schools.

“The success of this event would not have been possible without the tremendous support of Strathclyde Park, St Andrew’s Ambulance, Police Scotland and the many volunteers who gave their time and support.

“We would like to thank all the schools who attended and hope that they had a fantastic time helping to raise vital funds for the hospice.”