Marathon effort by pupils

Staff from Harborough Building Society at Harborough Primary School, pupils taking place in the running event as well as Caroline Lawson.
Staff from Harborough Building Society at Harborough Primary School, pupils taking place in the running event as well as Caroline Lawson.

A Harborough primary school has been inspired to raise money and get active by the town’s forthcoming Carnival of Running, which took place on June 13.

Pupils from across all year groups at Harborough Primary School, in Fairfield Road, completed a running relay as part of the day-long event.

Children from the school ran laps of the playground in their year group.

In total they ran 500.5 miles – the equivalent of 38.2 half marathons.

The school’s marathon efforts were organised by Caroline Lawson, head of the school’s PTA, who also ran Saturday’s Harborough Half Marathon.

Caroline said: “I ran the London Marathon two years ago although I certainly don’t see myself as a usual runner. I am just a normal mum with two children who decided one day it would be good to run a marathon. When I heard that Harborough was having its own half marathon I wanted to take part, and thought it would be a great way to encourage the children to get involved, as well as raising funds for the library refurbishment.”

Between Caroline’s half marathon sponsorship on Saturday and the student’s efforts on the playground, the PTA hopes it will raise more than £5,000. There was also a prize for a running vest design which will be worn by Caroline on Saturday. The children who ran the furthest in their years were Callum Leat, Joe Felton, Charlie Oxspring, Ibai Smith-Gonzalez, Joshua Forryan, Bradley Foster and Riley Joe Smith.