Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Energetic fundraisers across Huntingdonshire ran, walked, cycled - and even did a conga - to raise money for Sport Relief.
The nationwide campaign raises cash for disadvantaged people around the globe and by the end of Friday, it had achieved a record “on-the-night” total of more than £51million.
In Ramsey, the junior and infant schools joined forces for a conga, organised by Carol Birch of Ramsey Spinning Infants and Nicky Tulloch at Ramsey Juniors.
It started with the foundation stage children who did the conga around school. Years 1 and 2 kept it going to the junior school and the juniors set off around town. Their combined fundraising total was nearly £300.
At Hartford Junior School the pupils, wearing their new house group colours, completed a sponsored walk of exactly a mile around Coneygear Park and raised £223.
Parents, staff and children from Just Learning nursery in Huntingdon had the option to “pedal or pay” when they took part in a pedalathon, raising just under £100.
Nursery manager Chrissie Richardson said: “The idea was to keep pedalling from 7.30am to 6.30pm, which we managed.”
Also on Friday, Sainsbury’s staff in Huntingdon kept pedalling for six hours on an exercise bike, with support from LA Fitness employees.
Hinchingbrooke Country Park was the venue for a Sport Relief Mile on Sunday, with options to run one, three or six miles.
About 200 runners, some in fancy dress, took part but the amount raised was yet to be calculated.
In Little Paxton, 263 runners set off from Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field on a one, three or six-mile route, finishing at the Paxton Pits visitor centre.
Jenny Gellatly, Little Paxton Parish Council clerk, said she hoped the amount raised would top the £5,000 raised last time: “It was a fantastic atmosphere – some of the children dressed up as bananas and some as Dalmatian dogs.”
Sixteen-year-old Ernulf Academy student Chloe Browning raised £61.50 by cycling 16 miles around Abbotsley – a mile for every year of her age.
Alongside her parents, she reached the finish line in just under an hour-and-a-half.
She said: “It was tough at times, but I knew I had to do it to collect my sponsor money for this great cause.”
At Priory Junior School, St Neots, the 240 pupils ran in relay teams, with each taking turns to run 40 metres. They passed the baton around the school field so quickly that they covered 26 miles in three hours, 18 minutes and 51 seconds.
Each child was invited to donate at least 50p, raising £114.50.
At Eltisley, Newton School held a series of sport-based events throughout the week, including multi-sports, cricket and athletics. It culminated in a sports day on Friday, when pupils also took part in a Sport Relief Mile.
They made healthy meals and rosettes which were sold to raise even more, although the total had not been calculated.