HGS Runs for Jo


Celebrating the memory of former Head Girl, Jo Cox, staff of Heckmondwike Grammar School took part in the 4th Annual RunForJo event on Sunday 20 June 2021.  Whilst last year’s event had to be postponed many events in 2021 were held remotely. However, we decided that we were in a position to organise a small, socially distanced event.  30 staff, students and friends met on Sunday morning and set off on the fun run from school and headed out along the Greenway with a much needed water stop at the turnaround point near Primrose Lane.  First home was Deputy Director of the 6th Form; Mr Sam Ellis, setting a blistering pace and covering the 6km course, and ringing the finish bell on the line in a time 27 minutes and 38 seconds, with the rest of the participants arriving back within 50 minutes.  Organiser and Deputy Headteacher Mr Richard Tipler said “It was a fantastic event, and a fitting tribute for our much loved and dearly missed former student, Jo.  Staff at HGS always rise to a challenge and it was great to have everyone come together, albeit briefly for the photo, to run in a socially distanced event.  I am sure Jo would have approved.  An amazing effort from everyone involved.