Hartlepool children sign up for mini Race For Life

St. Helens Primary school pupils who are taking part in their own version of the Race For Life event (left to right) Kaden Maskell, Macauley Myers, Caleb Hay and Ethan Skidmore. Picture by FRANK REID
St. Helens Primary school pupils who are taking part in their own version of the Race For Life event (left to right) Kaden Maskell, Macauley Myers, Caleb Hay and Ethan Skidmore. Picture by FRANK REID

Primary school children are set to follow in their teacher’s footsteps after being signed up to compete in a mini Race For Life event.

Youngsters at St Helen’s Primary School, in Thorpe Street, on the Headland in Hartlepool, will take part in the charity event to raise cash for research into cancer on July 14 on their school field. The event came about after a teaching assistant at their school – Liam Gray – tried to register himself for the adults event, not realising that it was only for women.

St. Helens Primary school pupils Ella Creepy and Caleb Evans warming up to compete in their schools Race For Life event. Picture by FRANK REID

St. Helens Primary school pupils Ella Creepy and Caleb Evans warming up to compete in their schools Race For Life event. Picture by FRANK REID

But on the website was a link for schools, so he signed St Helen’s up for the challenge.

The Race For Life team sent out medals, posters, and finish lines, and even vest numbers, which the children can design and colour in themselves.

Mr Gray said all the children are excited about the special event.

He said: “I looked on the website and I saw that I couldn’t register, but saw there was a schools link, so we got signed up.

St. Helens Primary school pupils Phoebe Willmot, Micky Sowerby, Jessica Wallace, Cara Douglas and Matthew Priest, Kaden Maskell, Caleb Hay, Ethan Skidmore, Ella Creepy and Caleb Evans who will run in a Race For Life event to be held at their school. Picture by FRANK REID

St. Helens Primary school pupils Phoebe Willmot, Micky Sowerby, Jessica Wallace, Cara Douglas and Matthew Priest, Kaden Maskell, Caleb Hay, Ethan Skidmore, Ella Creepy and Caleb Evans who will run in a Race For Life event to be held at their school. Picture by FRANK REID

“The children are all so excited and keep asking when it’s going to be happening.”

The pint-sized charity runners, aged from three to 11 years old, will all be running a certain number of laps around the school field depending on their age group.

On the same day, the school is also holding a non-uniform day, with pupils bringing in £1 to wear their own clothes – proceeds of which will go to Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group.

Anyone who would like to donate some money towards the Race For Life challenge can do so by logging onto the secure website www.justgiving.com/st-helens-primary-school.

St. Helens Primary school pupils Phoebe Willmot, Micky Sowerby, Jessica Wallace, Cara Douglas and Matthew Priest, Kaden Maskell, Caleb Hay, Ethan Skidmore, Ella Creepy and Caleb Evans who will run in a Race For Life event to be held at their school. Picture by FRANK REID

St. Helens Primary school pupils Phoebe Willmot, Micky Sowerby, Jessica Wallace, Cara Douglas and Matthew Priest, Kaden Maskell, Caleb Hay, Ethan Skidmore, Ella Creepy and Caleb Evans who will run in a Race For Life event to be held at their school. Picture by FRANK REID