Giant steps for Neil

All Saints School PE teacher Neil Armstrong who is raising money for teenage Cancer by dressing a s an astronaut on a sponsored run
All Saints School PE teacher Neil Armstrong who is raising money for teenage Cancer by dressing a s an astronaut on a sponsored run

WELL, he is called Neil Armstrong.

This one is a PE teacher at All Saints Catholic High School in Granville Road and he is aiming to run 1,000 miles in under a year, starting with the London Marathon on April 22, with the aim of raising at least £2,000 for Children with Cancer UK.

But in recognition of sharing his name with the first man on the moon, he will be running some of the way in a silver fancy dress spacesuit.

“The Neil Armstrong thing is actually usually wasted on the students!” he says.

“But I love being a personal pioneer, pushing myself beyond boundaries. I like to challenge myself. I always wonder, how can I make it damn well impossible?”

Neil, aged 41, of Wadsley Bridge, ran the Chester and Edinburgh marathons in the same week in 2010 and now he is limbering up for the Liverpool, Chester and Sheffield half marathons as well as the London Marathon.

The cause is especially important to him, as two students at his school are currently battling cancer.

“I have also had a family member fall ill to cancer. It has a profound effect on the person and everyone else around them.”

He has logged every mile run so far on Facebook and on his charity page www.virginmoneygiving/1000miles where supporters can also donate.