Irthlingborough pupils' Race for Life fundraiser hits almost £3,000

The school community ran and walked up to 5km each

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 5:45 am

Pupils and staff at an Irthlingborough school have been celebrating reaching a fundraising goal with their own Race for Life for Cancer Research UK.

All 406 Team IJS - students at Irthlingborough Junior School - put on their trainers and running gear to complete a course ranging from 2km to 5km.

As Race For Life organised runs were affected by Covid over the past year, the school brought the race to the school playing fields to raise vital funds.

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Members of Team IJS (Irthlingborough Junior School)

Headteacher Nick Garley said: “We are proud supporters of the Race for Life because it supports a charity that’s dear to our hearts and enables our children to indulge in one of their great loves – running.

"We have been delighted by the response from parents and the school community who continually support our efforts to raise money for charities. Irthlingborough is a wonderfully giving community.”

The pupils and staff took part throughout the school day to maintain the school bubbles.

Runners' shirts bore moving messages of support completing the phrase 'I Race for Life for...'

Pupils and staff make their way round the course

They wrote: "...my two granddads who didn't make it, and also the scientists, and grown-ups and children who have cancer,"...everyone who is trying to fight cancer and to raise money to help all of the scientists who are researching cancer", and simply "...Nan."

Jennifer Jones, school administrator, added: "It was a fantastic day, and the weather was brilliant and so were the children. As a community we have raised an outstanding £2,965.

"Thank you to everyone who has donated and supported us in completing our Race for Life for Cancer Research UK. Regardless of who we ran for, we did it together.

Race for Life events have been scheduled to return to the county this summer. Corby's Race for Life takes place on Sunday, August 8, at West Glebe Park, whilst Northampton's Abington Park race is planned for Saturday, August 21.

Some of the moving messages worn by runners