Higham Ferrers children in mile dash for charity

Arabella, Lily and Maddison took part in a mini marathon at Higham Ferrers Junior School
Arabella, Lily and Maddison took part in a mini marathon at Higham Ferrers Junior School

A woman who ran the London Marathon to raise funds for the Huntingdon’s Disease Association has organised a mini-marathon for schoolchildren.

Michelle Carlaw ran the marathon in April because her aunt had the disease, and died in May.

The race, at Higham Ferrers Junior School, was a mile long and split into year groups, with Michelle’s daughter Amelia winning the Year 3 race. Her other daughter, Lily, came second in her race.

Michelle said: “It was actually Lily and Amelia’s idea to host the race and they asked Mr Brown if this was something they could run in the school. PE teacher Mr Morris took it from there and organised a fantastic event.

“They were inspired by my London Marathon race back in April, and wanted to do something to help the Huntington’s Disease Association.

“The medals were all kindly provided by Michelle from Cherrie Bakewell Party Cakes in Rushden.

“The children each ran a massive mile each. This was a huge achievement on such a hot day. Every child got a medal for participating, and there were first, second and third place winners, who also got a pair of funky shoelaces.

“All the children put in a huge effort to finish both laps, and were all so supportive of each other crossing the finish line. Lots of parents turned out to support the event, which created a great atmosphere on the day.”

The children have been collecting sponsorship for this race which, although it is not due to be collected until next week, totals more than £160 already. The will bring the total raised by Michelle and her family, including Gift Aid, to just over £7,500.

Michelle added: “A huge thanks to Mr Morris for organising the event and running it on the day, as well as Miss Farrow who ran so many legs of the race with the children to pace them.”