Running up cash boost for charity

Manor College of Technology pupils doing the Race at Your Place event for Breast Cancer
Manor College of Technology pupils doing the Race at Your Place event for Breast Cancer

DOZENS of generous pupils hit the streets to raise £1,300 for cancer research in a successful fun run.

Around 80 girls from Manor College of Technology took part in the Race At Your Place event.

They were inspired by a visit from people behind Hartlepool’s Miles For Men which will once again raise thousands for cancer research when it is held for a second time this summer.

Not wanting to be left out the girls pledged to do their own run or the same worthwhile cause.

Ailsa Pitt, the school’s deputy of PE, said: “It is the first time we have done this event and I was only expecting around 20 people to participate but we got about 80 and they raised close to £1,300 with more money still to come in.

“We thought about entering Race for Life but you have to pay £15 which is quite a lot of money to the kids so we signed up for Race At Your Place which means we didn’t have to pay.

“And it gives everyone the opportunity to raise money for the charity.

“They are absolutely astounded at how much they raised and I just think they have done so well.

“A number of staff helped so I would like to say a big thanks to everyone that helped.”

Lucy Morfitt was the top fundraiser making £257.

The girls, may wearing pink, completed a 2.8 mile route down Owton Manor Lane, Maxwell Road, Catcote Road and back to the college.

First across the finishing line was Emily Stewart who completed the course in just 13 minutes.

Everyone finished the race in less than half an hour and were cheered over the finishing line which was decorated with balloons and banners provided by Cancer Research UK.

They also picked up medals for their efforts.