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Youngsters claim victory for school's fundraising effort

Youngsters claim victory for school's fundraising effort

Creative thinking by staff at Barwick-in-Elmet C of E primary school recently led to an extended weekend of fun for pupils and a much needed boost to their 'Run to Read' fundraising challenge.

A team of runners from the school won the primary school prize in the Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Run at the close of the summer term. Participation in the Run for All event formed part of a three-day fundraising fest organised by the school to raise money for a new key stage one library.

On day one they completed a “silly sprint,” during which they climbed, jumped, crawled, hurdled and dodged their way around an obstacle course. Day two was the Arena sponsored mini and junior run at Leeds Docks and on day three it was the turn of staff and parents in the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K. An amazing £2,250 was raised towards the new library.

Sue Sanderson, the school’s headteacher, said: “The Arena Group Leeds' Mini and Junior Run was great fun and a really enjoyable part of Run to Read. We are grateful to everyone who supported Run to Read and helped us to raise such a fantastic amount.”

The secondary school prize went to Abbey Grange Academy. Both schools received a Toshiba touchscreen tablet for their efforts, presented to Barwick-in-Elmet C of E by Mick Harrison, Service Manager at Arena Group along with the Arena Owl at the school, after the event.

Mick said: “Congratulations to the winning schools and to all the youngsters who entered the mini and junior run. We are delighted to sponsor an event which encourages children to be more active and provides them with an opportunity to support some excellent local causes.”

The Asda Foundation Leeds 10K and the Arena Group Mini and Junior Run are organised by Run For All and form part of the lasting legacy of the late inspirational Jane Tomlinson CBE, who founded the charity road race in 2007 shortly before her untimely death.  Hundreds of runners aged 3-14 run around Clarence Dock as part of the Leeds 10k weekend, cheered on by Arena Owl and a supportive crowd of well wishers and family.

Why not get your school, community group or family involved in future Arena sponsored mini, junior and family runs scheduled between now and October?

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