Kids in running to raise school cash
8:00am Saturday 15th September 2012 in By Emma Dunn, @EmmaDunnn
CHILDREN showed they could become Olympic athletes of the future when they put their best foot forward to help their school.
About 150 pupils from Noremarsh Junior School, in Royal Wootton Bassett , took part in the third annual fun run, which raises funds for the PTA.
The children, who ran in their year groups, cheered each other on as they took it in turns to take part in the one mile race.
Headteacher Andy Simpson said: “It has just grown every year, it is fantastic. It is something the children always look forward to. It is great to see them all exercising.
“All the money raised goes towards our PTA and we spend it on things for the children. “The PTA raise quite a lot of money and this is one of their biggest events in the year.
“We did a lot of work on the Olympics before the holidays and we took part in our cluster Olympics with the local schools. The athletes have been great role models for British sport.”
The children ran twice around the school field, around Old Court play area and then once more around the field.
They had a warm up to music before setting off and were presented with medals by Mr Simpson and Royal Wootton Bassett deputy mayor Linda Frost when they finished.
Taiga Matshuma, seven, won the Year 3 race and was presented with a special medal in honour of his achievement.
“I am really happy. It was hard, I thought I was going to come joint first. I was really happy when everyone was shouting my name,” he said.
Sam Warner, seven, came second in the same race and said he was pleased he did so well.
“It was really hard, I’m tired now. I thought I might come second or third. I am going to put my medal on my wardrobe,” he said.
The Year 4 group set off shortly after the Year 3s and said they had been looking forward to the challenge.
Finn Lawrence-Knight, eight, said he had been practising before he took part.
“I like running, I’m quite fast. You get to run for a mile however you can and I like that,” he said.
Charlie Barton-Embling, eight, said: “I usually run twice a week, I’m a bit slower than Finn. It’s fun to run.”