Plans for a new library at a Leeds primary school have received a funding boost after pupils romped to victory in the Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Run.
Barwick-in-Elmet C of E School won the primary school prize in the free-to-enter event, which saw hundreds of runners aged 3-14 run around Clarence Dock the day before the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K.
The secondary school prize went to Abbey Grange Academy. Both schools received a Toshiba touchscreen tablet for their efforts, presented to Barwick-in-Elmet C of E by Mick Harrison, Service Manager at Arena Group along with the Arena Owl at the school, after the event.
Children from Barwick-in-Elmet ran as part of Run to Read, a three-day event organised by the school to raise money for a new key stage one library. On day one they completed a “silly sprint,” during which they climbed, jumped, crawled, hurdled and dodged their way around an obstacle course.
Day two was the mini and junior run and on day three it was the turn of staff and parents in the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K.
Run to Read events raised £2,250 towards the new library.
Sue Sanderson, the school’s headteacher, said: “The Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Run was great fun and a really enjoyable part of Run to Read. We are grateful to everyone who supported Run to Read and helped us to raise such a fantastic amount.”
Mick Harrison, Arena Group’s Service Manager, said: “Congratulations to the winning schools and to all the youngsters who entered the mini and junior run. We are delighted to sponsor an event which encourages children to be more active and provides them with an opportunity to support some excellent local causes.”
The Asda Foundation Leeds 10K and the Arena Group Mini and Junior Run are organised by Run For All and form part of the lasting legacy of the late inspirational Jane Tomlinson CBE, who founded the charity road race in 2007 shortly before her untimely death.