A PRIMARY school teacher from Winsford will lace up his running shoes to take on a marathon and raise money for new school facilities.

Rikki Lloyd, a teacher at St. Chad’s Primary School in Gladstone Street, will take on the Liverpool Rock 'n' Roll Marathon this Sunday, May 20, to reach the £15,000 target to fund an all-weather running track around the perimeter of the school field.

He said: “The installation of an all-weather running track on our field will have huge benefits for every single one of our children at the school. The main aim of the track will be to promote and instil the need and desire for a healthy lifestyle.

“As well as health benefits of the running track, there are also huge educational benefits that it would bring to our school. The track would allow unbelievable learning opportunities at the woodland areas at either end of the school field which are currently inaccessible during the winter months. Developing our wider curriculum is one of our school aims and the track will only further enhance this.”

The marathon will start on Liverpool’s Albert Dock Waterfront and snake through the streets of the city centre, passing by the iconic Premier League football stadiums of Anfield and Goodison Park, and the greenery of Sefton Park.

It will end outside the Liverpool Echo Arena, where runners will be presented with medals for participation.

The Year 5 teacher added: “Any contribution would be massively appreciated. Every single penny is a great motivation as I pound through 26 miles of concrete around the streets of Liverpool.”

If you would like to sponsor Mr Lloyd, there will be a sponsor form in the school’s office or you can donate online at gofundme.com/mr-lloyds-miles-4-smiles