High Peak headteacher’s year long run in memory of footie pupil

Anthony Tierney, headteacher of Burbage Primary School getting ready for a run with his dog Betty as he is fundraising for 13-year-old school boy Aidan who died last year
Anthony Tierney, headteacher of Burbage Primary School getting ready for a run with his dog Betty as he is fundraising for 13-year-old school boy Aidan who died last year

A headteacher is running 2017km in a year to raise funds in memory of 13-year-old boy who died last year.

Anthony Tierney, from Burbage School, is completing the mammoth challenge to honour the life of Aidan Bancroft, from Hope, who passed away in a tragic accident at home.

Aidan Bancroft pictured with his dad James

Aidan Bancroft pictured with his dad James

The headteacher said: “He and my son were born days apart so they grew up together and it was such a terrible loss for the whole family when Aidan died that I needed to show my support somehow.”

A fundraising campaign by the Aidan’s parents, Gail and James, has already raised more than £26,000 which will go to the Critical Care Ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

To help the family reach the £30,000 target, Anthony, who was Aidan’s under 14 football coach, is running 2017km in 2017 hoping to raise £2017.

He said: “I went for a run on New Year’s Day and I didn’t feel fit so being aware of the fundraiser I decided to do channel that need and do something for Aidan.

“He was such a lovely, caring, kind and thoughtful boy and when playing in goals he truly was fearless.”

Since starting his task in January, Anthony has run 828km, been running for 88 hours over 130 runs and - due to living in hilly Hathersage - has climbed an altitude higher than Everest which is 29,000ft.

Anthony said: “My family are so supportive they know that dad goes out on a run first thing in the morning and my wife is doing a cycling and running challenge to help raise money.

“I use running to wind down after a busy or stressful day but when it’s 6am and raining and I don’t want to get out of bed, I remember Aidan and why I am doing this.”

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