Kingscliff High School teacher Simon Byrne with his students who will be running from Byron Bay to Kingscliff.
Kingscliff High School teacher Simon Byrne with his students who will be running from Byron Bay to Kingscliff. Scott Powick

Kingscliff teacher on the run

WHILE some teachers may strike against inadequate resources, one Kingscliff teacher decided a run to work along the beach would be all that was needed to raise funds for new equipment.

On Thursday next week Kingscliff High School marine studies teacher Simon Byrne will wake up early to start his run from his home in Byron.

"I'll start at four o'clock (NSW) in the morning when I'll have an outgoing tide," Mr Byrne said.

"I'm hoping to do it in four hours because I have to do it and get in ready for work."

Mr Byrne encouraged students to join him and run the last 10km leg from Cabarita.

"Hopefully I'll get to Cabarita by 7.15am then the kids will start to run," he said.

"I've never ran 50km before and some of the kids haven't done 10km so I said 'let's do something we've never done before'.

"I've got 160 kids here already signed up."

Year 12 student Celeste Murray, 17, said she was looking forward to the run.

"I like running and maybe I can get out of school and get a free breakfast and maybe have a swim afterwards," she said.

"We've been training; running from Potty to Hastings."

Year 9 student Max Tilley, 14, said getting on board was a no-brainer.

"I do marine studies and I want to help out the marine department in the school," he said.

"There will be no problems. 10km is not that long."

Originally from the UK, the passionate teacher said the Tweed coast was perfect for his plan.

"There's not many places where you can run 50km along the beach," he said.

"The principal is going to do it on a mountain bike.

"The only problem was (getting across) Brunswick Creek but we've organised a teacher with a tinny."

Mr Byrne said the money raised would be used in creative ways in the classroom.

"We want to have touch tanks. We've got Cook Island and it'd be nice to bring that into the class," he said.

"It's to get the kids to appreciate the place in which we live."



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