Bishopston teachers take on Corporate Challenge

Bishopston School


Excitement is building in one of Wales’ most successful schools as a team of 40 go head to head with other teams at the award winning JCP Swansea Half Marathon this June. The strong team of school teachers from Bishopston Comprehensive is headed up by P.E teacher Andrew Bartley and head teacher Jeff Bird, and are one of 15 teams to take part in the corporate challenge at this year’s race.

Andrew Bartley who organised the group has been a teacher at the school for 13 years and although never competing in a Half Marathon before, he has always enjoyed staying fit and getting outdoors for the odd run. He said: “When we heard about the corporate challenge we decided to put a team together, which started off with a few members of staff, but as soon as we started talking about it, more and more staff wanted to get involved. We are really excited to be taking part as a school, and hope that by doing so, we are setting a good example to our pupils.”

Mr Jeff Bird, head teacher at Bishopston Comprehensive and an ex-rugby player, added: “It is absolutely fantastic that so many of our staff are going to take part in this superbly well organised event that generates so many funds for worthy charities. This year, the school is celebrating its 40th year as an outstanding learning community with an open day on July 16th. Our continued ethos of embracing new experiences and setting aspirational targets for the school, is reflected in our commitment to taking on this new challenge. We have a real mix of teachers taking part, from novices to the more experienced. There will be teachers of all ages and some who have never run a race before so this an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate to our pupils that anything is achievable.”

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon, which was recently awarded silver at The Running Awards in association with JustGiving, is a perfect race for those who have never taken part in a half marathon before. It is a fast and flat race with virtually no inclines throughout the course, not to mention the spectacular backdrop you get to distract you along the way.

In 2015, there were thousands of fun runners, plenty of joggers and lots of people raising money for charity.  The team of 40 at Bishopston comprehensive will be amongst thousands of others helping to fundraise for some individual causes, but there are a number of teachers who will be hoping to raise money for Ty Olwen hospice at Morriston hospital.

If you feel inspired to take part in this years JCP Swansea Half Marathon go to: or to make a donation to the team at Bishopston comprehensive visit their fundraising page at:

Don’t forget, those wishing to register for guaranteed postal delivery of race packs is fast approaching. Those who register after 16th May will need to collect their packs from the organisers.  To find out more go to:


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