An all-age charity run at Wisbech Grammar School has netted a record total of £2,750 for Cancer Research UK.
At the third annual ‘Race at your Place’ staged at the school a field of 180 lined up on Friday – with 32 pupils in the under-11 one-mile event and 148 older pupils and adults finishing the five-kilometre race.
Elliot Young (16) won the 5K race in 19 minutes 32 seconds. First girl to finish was Elizabeth Allen (12), who was sixth overall in 23 minutes 11 seconds – four seconds ahead of headmaster Mr Chris Staley. First teacher home was Mr Tim Chapman, in 19 minutes 55 seconds.
In the one-mile event there was a dead heat between Oliver Taylor (9), Amelia Mitchell (9) and Imogen Suiter (9), all finishing in six minutes 57 seconds. The event was supported by the school’s steel band, who all took time out to compete, along with the Friends of Wisbech Grammar School, who provided a barbecue. Each competitor was handed a burger or hot dog at the finish.
A tombola, a raffle and strawberries and cream were also laid on and face painting was applied by Miss Alison Clayton and a team of assistants.
Organiser Mr Geoff Howes said: “Many of the runners provided a moving message on posters on their backs recalling a friend or relative who had suffered from cancer.
“I would like to thank all the teachers and staff, along with the Friends of Wisbech Grammar School and the pupils, staff, friends and past pupils who walked or ran in their respective events.” Photo: MFCP15AF06289