MORE than 800 young people braved the rain and worked up a sweat to raise money for cancer research.
It was quite a spectacle as scores of schoolchildren and teachers took to the streets of Leigh Park for a charity run, called Race At Our Place.
Participants had to run or walk from Park Community School to Staunton Country Park and back again – a distance of 2.6 miles.
The day was organised by Georgie Harris, the school’s family leader.
She has taken part in the Race For Life before, but wanted an event where both males and females can participate.
She said: ‘The original idea came when I invited staff and students to get involved in the Race for Life and 60 are now running.
‘I wanted to do something more because of my sister’s terminal cancer. Recent research in a new drug Avastin is helping to keep it at bay at the moment.’
The event raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Resarch UK.
First across the finish line was 16-year-old Brandon Timson, from Hayling Island.
He said: ‘It’s a good idea. I am surprised that the second and third were in Year 8. Well done to everyone.’
Vicky Compton, 12, from Bedhampton, said: ‘My great-nan had cancer and I care for everyone who has cancer.’
Daisy Palmer, 12, from Leigh Park, said: ‘If everyone joins in we can help find a cure for cancer.’
Cheering the children across the finish line was deputy head Deb Morris.
She said: ‘It’s been absolutely marvellous and a wonderful opportunity for students to show their community spirit to show they care.
‘Despite the rain, they are still smiling and giving it their all – you couldn’t ask for anything more.
‘We’re proud of them. There’s been a number of members of the community whose lives have been impacted with tragedy.
‘So it’s something a number of students and staff feel very passionately about.’