Red men give ladies a run for their money at March school’s charity race

Boys at the Neale Wade Academy take part in the 'Red Man' run to raise money for Cancer Research UK ANL-160628-181321009
Boys at the Neale Wade Academy take part in the 'Red Man' run to raise money for Cancer Research UK ANL-160628-181321009

More than 70 boys from March’s Neale Wade Academy took to the track last week as the school staged its own version of ‘Race for Life’/

The 5k race, named ‘Red Man Run’ as a nod to Race for Life’s pink theme, was organised by Year 8 students Taylor Clark and Goncalo Ferreira.

Boys at the Neale Wade Academy take part in the 'Red Man' run to raise money for Cancer Research UK ANL-160628-181240009

Boys at the Neale Wade Academy take part in the 'Red Man' run to raise money for Cancer Research UK ANL-160628-181240009

Neale Wade puts forward a team for Cancer Research UK’s hugely popular female-only Race for Life every year; but the Academy’s male students have been keen to play their part in raising money too.

Boys paid £5 each to register for Red Man Run, with all proceeds donated directly to Cancer Research UK.

Proceeds raised by the Academy from the two events, Race for Life and Red Man Run, are expected to be in excess of £3,500.

All Red Man Runners displayed pieces of paper on their shirts explaining their personal reasons for taking part in the race.

Boys at the Neale Wade Academy take part in the 'Red Man' run to raise money for Cancer Research UK. LtoR - Josh Pickersgill (2nd), Naill Jackson (1st) and Jack Smith (3rd) ANL-160628-181410009

Boys at the Neale Wade Academy take part in the 'Red Man' run to raise money for Cancer Research UK. LtoR - Josh Pickersgill (2nd), Naill Jackson (1st) and Jack Smith (3rd) ANL-160628-181410009

Neale Wade teacher Jan Holdich said: “I was really pleased at the response and support from the boys and their families for this inaugural event.

“Clearly lots of families really do want to do something positive to help fight cancer.

“It was lovely to see some of the faster runners adding extra distance by going back to buddy up and run alongside some of the slower runners to encourage them home.

“We hope to repeat the event and make it an annual occurrence.”

Boys at the Neale Wade Academy take part in the 'Red Man' run to raise money for Cancer Research UK ANL-160628-181346009

Boys at the Neale Wade Academy take part in the 'Red Man' run to raise money for Cancer Research UK ANL-160628-181346009