Perse staff to run half marathon for charity in memory of former teacher

Five Perse teachers are running the TTP Cambridge Half Marathon to raise funds for a mental health charity in memory of late former colleague Tommy Dann.

Director of Sport Glenn Kirkham, Assistant Director of Sport (Performance) Ravi Mahendra, Acting Head of Rugby Charlie Baker, physics teacher and running coach Chris Ingram and Assistant Director of University Admissions Mike Goodson will be pounding the city streets in the event on 17 October.

They have taken on the challenge in remembrance of Tommy, who died aged 40 in February, with the aim of raising £2,000 for the Charlie Waller Trust, having already smashed their initial target of £500.

Mr Mahendra hopes it will be a fitting tribute to Tommy, who coached rugby, cricket, football and PE at The Perse from 2009 to 2014.

He said: “Between the five of us, we just wanted to do something to raise more awareness of mental health as well as funds for a really important charity, and with Tommy being such a close friend of ours, it felt the right thing to do.

“The Cambridge Half Marathon is a sporting event as well, so it related to Tommy in that sense having been an incredibly talented sportsman himself, playing in the set-ups for rugby at Northampton Saints and cricket for Northamptonshire.

“Tommy had an exuberant personality and he really cared about everyone. The kids he coached absolutely loved him and he was one of the best at what he did.”

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