Principal racing for cancer cure

Principal racing for cancer cure

Barnsley College principal Chris Webb has received expert advice from his own students as he prepares to tackle two monumental challenges to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Level three sport and exercise science students Natalie Butterfield, aged 16, Matthew Pinder, 16, and Saffron Smith, 17, met with Mr Webb to discuss his training programme ahead of his Great North 10k and Great North Run efforts later in the year.

The trio advised him on which exercises will get him into top shape, what to eat and drink and numerous ways to stay motivated during his training regime.

Mr Webb said: “The students were very knowledgeable and gave me some excellent tips and information, which I am going to implement into my training plan.”

The principal selected Cancer Research UK because of his own family’s tragic experience of the disease. Mr Webb’s mother beat breast cancer more than 20 years ago — but he lost his dad and older sister to stomach and brain cancer.

Mr Webb said: “I can’t imagine how hard it is for someone to battle cancer, so completing these challenges is the best way for me to support a charity which is so close to my heart.”

Pictured above: Barnsley College principal Chris Webb (front) with (from left) Neil Johnson, the college’s sports academy assistant director, Saffron Smith, Natalie Butterfield and Matthew Pinder