12th Annual Roundhay Run for Fun Bigger Than Ever
The 12th annual Roundhay Run for Fun took place on Saturday, attracting more than 1,300 schoolchildren, friends and family for the long-running event that saw people run the 1km or 5km race – or both – in Roundhay Park.
Established by volunteers as a friendly sports event to encourage children to exercise, and also raise funds for schools across North Leeds, this was the biggest to date. Everyone was a winner in the fun run and the best time for the 5k was just shy of 20 minutes.
It continues to grow with the help of sponsors like Preston Baker, Blacks Solicitors, Yorkshire Water and Robinson Developments. Crossing all cultures, Sikh Sport UK supported the event again and were handing out water bottles for all participants.
Each school takes home around £500 each, before personal sponsorship, and all juniors went home with a medal for completing the run. The Leeds Rhino mascot was there, giving high fives to the children and the Co-op supermarket has a presence at this growing event.
Each child left as a winner and the organisers handed medals to all the kids who ran a race. For many, this is the first ever race and this resulted in another thrilling experience alongside parents and school mates.
Speaking of the event, Caroline Taylor, from Moortown Primary School, said:
Moortown Primary School are proud to be part of the 12th Roundhay Primary Schools 'Run for Fun' event. We are a happy and healthy school and it’s always exciting to join with children and families from 10 other North Leeds' schools.
Healthy activities happen all the time at Moortown and we are pleased the event continues to be as popular with our school community. Running (or walking) is a great way for children to improve their physical and emotional health and the event enables children and their families to take part, whatever their ability.
The focus is on the fun. What a great way to keep healthy, join with other local schools and also raise money for the school.
The headteacher of Roundhay St John’s C of E School, Andrew Graham, thinks the event is important for the area. He said:
Over 100 children and their parents/ carers entered the 12th Roundhay Run for Fun from Roundhay St John's C of E School. The Run for Fun is a fantastic family event that brings people together from a wide community of Roundhay schools.
Roundhay St John's is delighted to be involved again; the children enjoy training, running and raising money for the School through the collection of sponsorship for their efforts. The 1k and 5k mean it's suitable for all, regardless of ability. It's great to see the smiles, pride and joy on the children's faces at the end of the run.
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