Preston students run 10k for CAFOD

Staff and students at Cardinal Newman College are putting their best foot forward for CAFOD

A team of 20 students and staff from Cardinal Newman College in Preston is running the Great Manchester 10k run on May 16 to raise funds for CAFOD.

And one man in particular is set for a busy weekend. Chaplain of the college Fr Jim Clarke is conducting a wedding and attending a 40th birthday party the day before the run.

Fr Jim Clarke

College chaplain Fr Jim Clarke looking relaxed

The 48-year-old chaplain said: “I’m marrying some friends from Corpus Christi in Preston whom I’ve known for a long time. They’re getting married at St Clare’s in Fulwood and then I’m going to a 40th birthday party where I’ll only be eating pasta and drinking fruit juice!”

Fr Jim, who hopes to complete the run in under an hour, believes the atmosphere in the college has benefitted from fundraising for CAFOD. “There’s been a buzz around the college since we were raising money for the Haiti appeal,” he said.   “The college has raised more than £5,000 for the people of Haiti.”


Student Ben Wearden


Newman student Ben Wearden, 17, completed the Memphis/Tennessee 5km run in 2008 to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Ben recalls: “We were over there on holiday and my Dad is a big Elvis fan so it was fantastic to be a part of it.” Ben, who has been training hard and hopes to finish the Manchester run in 40 minutes, said he is delighted the college is doing its bit to help CAFOD. “It’s about caring for people on the other side of the world and helping them through CAFOD is great.”




17-year-old students Amy Croft, Melanie Pate and Rebecca Hughes admitted none of them had ever attempted a challenge like this before but are determined to support CAFOD. Amy said: “It’s going to be hard but we are dedicating ourselves to this good cause.”   The girls will be dressing up as surfers for the occasion.



Former Preston North End midfielder Sean Haslegrave is also preparing to run for CAFOD. The former footballer, who now teaches PE at Newman college, will be joined by several staff members on the run including Craig Steele.

Staff member Craig Steele is organising the runners as a team

Craig, the sports co-ordinator for Newman College said: “We’ve got good links with CAFOD so it’s great we can help in this way. Not only are we getting kids active in sport but we are raising money for a great cause and strengthening our long standing association with CAFOD.”Craig said the team are aiming to raise £3,000 for CAFOD in what could become an annual event for the college.


CAFOD Lancaster Diocesan Manager Rosa Trelfa said: “The students and staff have been so generous with their time and energy in support of CAFOD. They’ve  got a great level of motivation, tons of energy and I sense a bit of competition in there too!  They’re all doing this knowing that they will make a difference to countless people overseas who struggle in poverty on a daily basis.  They have my complete admiration!”


If you’d like to sponsor the team, you can do so through  their Justgiving page at

Thank you  🙂

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