Picture gallery: Fundraiser held in memory of popular Saffron Walden teacher inspires runners of all ages

12:25 13 June 2014

The first lap.

The first lap.


More than 200 runners took part in a fundraiser inspired by a popular teacher.

The Great Westgarth Run, on Sunday, saw people from age three to those in their 60s take on the course around Friends’ School fields.

The event, in aid of Cambridgeshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, was held in memory of Sue Westgarth, a much-loved teacher who was diagnosed with the disease in 2009. Sue died in 2010.

It raised over £3,000 for MNDA, with representatives from the Cambridgeshire branch attending and Jay Griffiths, actor and member of the local Yak Yac running group, presenting awards to the first, second and third places in each race.

Stef Godfrey, organiser of the event and member of Friends’ School PTA said: “Sue Westgarth, who was a runner herself, started the school’s very successful running club nine years before she was sadly diagnosed with MND.

“She always gave every runner enormous encouragement, from those who were beginners to our aspiring runners and cross-country athletes.

“We wanted to continue to help the fight against this dreadful disease and pay tribute to a wonderful teacher who’s influence is ongoing and continues to inspire her past students.

“Special thanks to all our sponsors, to those who donated prizes and to everyone who came out to join us in the glorious sunshine and support the event.”

Craig Dyce was first man home in 19mins 16secs.

Hannah Irwin, a former pupil of Sue’s, won the ladies 5km with a time of 20mins 13secs, which was a fitting and emotional tribute to her former running teacher.

This win, on the back of winning the 1,500m at Chelmsford the day before to become Essex 1,500m Champion, was a remarkable achievement for 15-year-old Hannah.

In the 5km, Charlie Bullen was second male and Zachary Deller was third.

In the ladies’ race, Abigail Lewis was second and Corinne Pooley third.

The winner of the 1km fun run was Barnaby Knight with Finn Leuzzi in second place and Lily Godfrey in third.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Saffron Walden Reporter visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Saffron Walden Reporter staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Saffron Walden Reporter account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 12:00
Daisy Foster and her cheque.

A young fundraiser has won an award for her efforts to help research into motor neurone disease.

Yesterday, 08:00
Uttlesford Collectors at Saffron Walden Walden Museum

The second phase of the collectors exhibition opens at Saffron Walden Museum on Saturday (November 28) with . The displays include pomanders and pigs, embroidery and dolls.

Yesterday, 07:00
Dog Safety

Free reflective snap bands for dog walkers are being given away by Uttlesford District Council to help owners and dog stay safe in the dark winter evenings.

Fri, 13:09
Victorian Christmas

The Victorians put the colour into Christmas and, the turkey, cards and crackers were made possible by their other inventions. As Audley End invites us to enjoy a Victorian Christmas over the next two weekends, ANGELA SINGER looks at how we got from parlour games to iPads.

Digital Edition

Read the Saffron Walden Reporter e-edition E-edition

Most read stories