Children raise thousands in aid of Hartlepool’s Miles for Men

RELAY: Pupils, staff and parents take part in the sponsored relay event at Rift House Primary School to help raise money for Miles for Men Picture: DAVID WOOD
RELAY: Pupils, staff and parents take part in the sponsored relay event at Rift House Primary School to help raise money for Miles for Men Picture: DAVID WOOD

Hundreds of children put their fitness to the test when they helped to raise funds for a Hartlepool charity.

Rift House Primary School in Masefield Road was the scene for a mega-run which saw 243 children take part in a constant jog for Miles for Men.

RELAY: Pupils, staff and parents take part in the sponsored relay event at Rift House Primary School to help raise money for Miles for Men Picture: DAVID WOOD

RELAY: Pupils, staff and parents take part in the sponsored relay event at Rift House Primary School to help raise money for Miles for Men Picture: DAVID WOOD

Whole classes took it in turns to run round the school field in relays on Friday. It was a see of blue as all the children got into the spirit of the event.

But they weren’t the only ones tackling the huge challenge to help raise funds to tackle cancer.

At the start of the day, head teacher David Turner said: “I have done half a lap myself so far and I plan to do at least one lap with every class.”

Parents and staff were also being encouraged to take part and there was even a competition for the staff who did the best.

In a world with cancer, it is wonderful that the children of Hartlepool are supporting what we do

Kevin Hill, spokesman for Miles for Men

And it was not just relay running which contributed to the money raised on the day.

Mr Turner added: “The children were really excited. We have been selling raffle tickets and T-shirts as well to support Miles for Men.

“At the start of the day, we had the whole school taking part in a warm-up energiser session and then we were staggering the run throughout the whole day.”

No target had been set on how much would be raised for the cause but Mr Turner added: “Cancer is something that is close to all our hearts.”

RELAY: Pupils, staff and parents take part in the sponsored relay event at Rift House Primary School to help raise money for Miles for Men Picture: DAVID WOOD

RELAY: Pupils, staff and parents take part in the sponsored relay event at Rift House Primary School to help raise money for Miles for Men Picture: DAVID WOOD

Six hours of relay running was being planned at the school and Miles for Men spokesman Kevin Hill said: “What Rift House is doing is fantastic.

“It is the first school to have done this and we are rewarding them with a plaque as it is a big thing to all the children involved.

The charity continues to go from strength to strength and Kevin added: “We are now aiming to break the £200,000 barrier as the charity grows bigger and bigger and that is down to the hard work of the team.”

The aim of Miles for Men was to hopefully make the Rift House example a one which schools across Hartlepool would take up.

RELAY: Pupils, staff and parents take part in the sponsored relay event at Rift House Primary School to help raise money for Miles for Men Picture: DAVID WOOD

RELAY: Pupils, staff and parents take part in the sponsored relay event at Rift House Primary School to help raise money for Miles for Men Picture: DAVID WOOD

“We want to make this an annual event and hopefully get other schools involved in it,” Kevin added.

“In a world with cancer, it is wonderful that the children of Hartlepool are supporting what we do.”

RELAY: Pupils, staff and parents take part in the sponsored relay event at Rift House Primary School to help raise money for Miles for Men Picture: DAVID WOOD

RELAY: Pupils, staff and parents take part in the sponsored relay event at Rift House Primary School to help raise money for Miles for Men Picture: DAVID WOOD

RELAY: Pupils, staff and parents take part in the sponsored relay event at Rift House Primary School to help raise money for Miles for Men Picture: DAVID WOOD

RELAY: Pupils, staff and parents take part in the sponsored relay event at Rift House Primary School to help raise money for Miles for Men Picture: DAVID WOOD

RELAY: Pupils, staff and parents take part in the sponsored relay event at Rift House Primary School to help raise money for Miles for Men Picture: DAVID WOOD

RELAY: Pupils, staff and parents take part in the sponsored relay event at Rift House Primary School to help raise money for Miles for Men Picture: DAVID WOOD