Third annual charity race at Wisbech Grammar School raises a record £2,750 for Cancer Reseacrh UK
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An all-age charity run at Wisbech Grammar School has netted a record total of £2,750 for Cancer Research UK.
At the third annual ‘Race at your place’ to be staged at the school a packed field of 180 competitors lined up for the starting whistle on Friday.
Some 32 pupils completed the under-11 one-mile event and 148 older pupils and adults finished the five-kilometre race, which consisted of three laps of the school grounds.
Elliot Young, 16, won the 5k race in 19 minutes 32 seconds and the first girl to cross the finishing line was Elizabeth Allen, 12, who was sixth overall with a time of 23 minutes 11 seconds and who finished four seconds ahead of headmaster Mr Chris Staley.
The first teacher home was Tim Chapman, who recorded a time of 19 minutes 55 seconds.
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In the one-mile event there was a dead heat, with the three winners, Oliver Taylor ,9, Amelia Mitchell ,9, and Imogen Suiter ,9, all finishing in six minutes 57 seconds.
The event was supported by members of the school’s steel band, who all took time out to compete, along with the Friends of Wisbech Grammar School, who provided a barbecue, with each competitor being handed a freshly cooked burger or hot dog at the finish.
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A tombola, a raffle and strawberries and cream were also laid on, and the face painting was applied by Miss Alison Clayton and a team of assistants.
Organiser Geoff Howes said: “This was a lovely event for a great charity, with many of the runners providing a moving message on the posters on their backs recalling a friend or relative who had suffered from cancer.
“The steel band created a brilliant atmosphere and the Friends of Wisbech Grammar School supplied a barbecue.