Great Wall challenge in memory of grandfather

Marathon: Adam in last year's half marathon event, and above, the late Bert Pryce
Marathon: Adam in last year's half marathon event, and above, the late Bert Pryce
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A teacher is taking on mammoth endurance challenge in memory of his late grandfather.

Adam Llevo, 30, originally from Penwortham, is in training for the Great Wall of China Marathon on May 17.

Bert Pryce

Bert Pryce

Spurred on by sponsorship for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, the former Priory High School head boy will face a steep ascent of over 5,000 steps and descents of up to 10 per cent over the course.

He will be raising money in memory of his grandad Bert Pryce, a former headteacher from Kingsway, Penwortham, who died of cancer in 2001.

Adam said: “The first five or six miles is all up hill, so you’re not only going up, but there’s also all the steps.

“After coming down from the wall you get to run through some of the local villages, where local people cheer you on, shouting Jai You!”

Now living in Shanghai, and working at the Shanghai High School International Division, Adam was perfectly placed to enter the Great Wall half marathon last year, which he completed in just over two hours.

He said: “I’ve always enjoyed running, from representing my primary School at cross country, to representing Edge Hill University at 5k and 10k events.”

He added: “I’m currently running four times a week, slowly increasing the amount of miles, with my long runs on a Sunday.”

Adam, who has previously worked as a sports lecturer at Runshaw College, said his decision to train as a PE teacher was influenced by his grandad, who was headmaster of Deepdale Junior School for 27 years and was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 1970 for his work with youngsters from ethnic minority groups.

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