Portsmouth schoolchildren take part in UK’s biggest fun run

BIG DAY Children from Westover Primary School who took part in the Great School Run
BIG DAY Children from Westover Primary School who took part in the Great School Run
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MORE than 200 youngsters put their trainers on to play their part in the UK’s biggest fun run.

Boys and girls from Westover Primary, City Boys, City Girls, Miltoncross, Admiral Lord Nelson (ALNS) and Mayfield schools were cheered on by friends, family and teachers as they took on the 2km Tesco Great School Run, yesterday afternoon.

READY TO RACE From left, George Root, Ruby Moffatt, Robert Taw, Tia Barron, Beth Gaunlett and Zak Henwood ready for the run.  (121695-4258)

READY TO RACE From left, George Root, Ruby Moffatt, Robert Taw, Tia Barron, Beth Gaunlett and Zak Henwood ready for the run. (121695-4258)

The idea behind the event is to encourage children to get fit – and raise awareness for charity Mary’s Meal, which sets up feeding projects in the world’s poorest countries.

Maisie Kithakye, eight, from Westover, said: ‘I didn’t go too fast so I finished the run without stopping once – and it felt great.’

Ethan Jones, 11, from City Boys, said: ‘Everyone cheered us on – I loved every minute of it.’

Emily Brookes, 12, from Miltoncross, said: ‘There was no pressure to win and everyone was so supportive.’

Sybil Bailey, 12, from ALNS, said: ‘It was great to be among people from different schools, running for the same cause.

‘It wasn’t about winning – it was about taking part.’

Sarah Cooper, PE teacher at ALNS, which hosted the event, said: ‘It captured the students’ imagination – highlighting the importance of exercise and healthy eating.’

Over the next couple of weeks across the country over a million schoolchildren will take part in a Tesco fun run.