Children run in Havant school’s own Race for Life to help charity

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THE Race for Life is just two weeks away – and some youngsters have already made a dash for it.

A school playing field was transformed into a stampede of pink and white runners as they worked up a sweat to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Benjamin North and Ellie Crawley with their Race for Life medals after they completed the race. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (141984-5972)

Benjamin North and Ellie Crawley with their Race for Life medals after they completed the race. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (141984-5972)

Hundreds of children took part in the event at St Alban’s Primary School, in West Leigh, Havant.

They limbered up with a few star jumps before running as many laps around the school playing field as they could – with some children running 1km.

Each child donated £2 to take part and the school hopes to have raised about £300.

Anton Madinaveitia, 11, said: ‘It was fun and very different to a normal school day.

‘In school days, we would just be sitting in the classroom but we were running round the field in our beautiful pink shirts.

‘At the end we got cakes and refreshments, which is fun.’

He added: ‘It’s important because quite a lot of people have cancer and it’s usually a life-threatening disease.

‘It’s really sad that lots of people in this school have friends or relatives with cancer.’

Joshua Banner, five, said: ‘It was very hard to run all the way round the field.’

And the teachers didn’t get away with sitting at the sidelines enjoying a cup of tea and basking in the warm July sun.

Ellie Hayward, a Year 1 teacher, skipped and danced her way to the finish line.

She said: ‘It’s brilliant. It’s really good to get everyone involved in a good cause.

‘It’s going to be difficult trying to get them to do poetry after this!’

Jackie Howard, a teaching assistant, added: ‘It inspires the children, to make them think about different charities, and that you can do something to change someone’s life.’

Sharon James, deputy headteacher, said: ‘We enjoy our sport at St Alban’s and we wanted to do something to celebrate all our achievements this year.

‘Cancer Research is a charity close to many of us here, so we decided we would get the children involved and try to raise money and have fun at the same time.’

The Race for Life is on Southsea Common on July 20. Last year 7,624 women took part and helped raise £412,749.