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Stamford children scoot, bike and run to raise funds for schools




A sprint to the finish for Ted Burnell and Thomas Holland All photos: Lee Hellwing
A sprint to the finish for Ted Burnell and Thomas Holland All photos: Lee Hellwing

More than 130 primary school children - one as young as three - took part in the 2018 Stamford Scootathon at the weekend.

This was the 12th time the event has taken place and this year included entrants from Copthill School and The Bluecoat School for the first time.

The Stamford Scooterthon took place at the weekend with 131 children from seven primary schools taking part (2584159)
The Stamford Scooterthon took place at the weekend with 131 children from seven primary schools taking part (2584159)

In total, 131 pupils from seven Stamford schools participated in the Jaffa Fruit sponsored event ranging in age from three to 11.

The event, which sees participants scoot, cycle and run courses of various lengths depending on age, is open to all primary schools in the Stamford area.

The Stamford Scooterthon took place at the weekend with 131 children from seven primary schools taking part (2584200)
The Stamford Scooterthon took place at the weekend with 131 children from seven primary schools taking part (2584200)

Other schools which had entrants included St Gilbert's (76), Malcolm Sargent (35), St Augustine's (9), St George's (2) and Wittering Primary School (6).

Each child is sponsored to raise funds for their individual schools - although the main aim of the event is for the children to have a fun and active day.

Finish line marshals Jade Cox, Laura Brown and Esther Lambert
Finish line marshals Jade Cox, Laura Brown and Esther Lambert

"We had 131 runners on the day and the distance travelled depended on the age of the child," said St Gilbert's PTA member and one of the event organiser's, Louise Bellis.

"The course for the youngest children was about 450 metres long while for the 11-year-old's it was just short of a kilometre."

Toby Fedasch from Malcolm Sargent finishes strongly
Toby Fedasch from Malcolm Sargent finishes strongly

Louise said "a huge amount of determination and pure grit" saw the entrants compete the courses.

"The weather held off and it was an amazing success.

"We're really happy with how everything went off."

Chloe Bellis (6) and Gretel Petrie(6) from St Gilberts school
Chloe Bellis (6) and Gretel Petrie(6) from St Gilberts school

She said special praise was deserved for three participants from St Gilbert's this year.

"Jamie Lambert, Luke Lemoine and Poppy Wilson, all in Year 6, have taken part every year for the past seven years," she said.

Seren Tresidder-Walton during the bicycle leg
Seren Tresidder-Walton during the bicycle leg

"They took part in their first event when they were still in reception class in 2012."

Louise said all participants raised funds for their schools through sponsorship forms and from friends and family.

The Stamford Scooterthon took place at the weekend with 131 children from seven primary schools taking part (2584194)
The Stamford Scooterthon took place at the weekend with 131 children from seven primary schools taking part (2584194)

"We'll only know the final amounts raised next week but we're hoping to raise more than last year," she said.

The Stamford Scooterthon took place at the weekend with 131 children from seven primary schools taking part (2584213)
The Stamford Scooterthon took place at the weekend with 131 children from seven primary schools taking part (2584213)

"Overall it was a fantastic day with fun had by everyone."



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