Marathon fundraising effort at The Perse Pelican
20 May 2021
Children at The Perse Pelican had fun going on the run with a Charity Marathon.
In separate year group bubbles everyone took part, from Nursery to Year 2, warming up in the hall before trying to complete as many 250-metre laps of the school as possible within a given time limit.
A refreshing ice lolly was the welcome reward for every youngster crossing the finish line after their exertions.
Each child’s distance was then recorded and added together to calculate the number of marathons ran collectively by the whole school, with Pelican pupils managing to cover a whopping 1,755 laps – equivalent to 235.8 miles or nine marathons!
The aim of the marathon mission was to raise funds for the children’s chosen charities this year, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Greenfingers Charity, which creates inspiring gardens for children who spend time in hospices to play, rest and relax in.
Children enjoyed taking part in the event and comparing how many laps they had completed.
Evan said: “All that running made my legs very tired, but I ran 15 laps”, while Beatrice, who also managed 15 circuits, commented: “I loved going fast and having an ice lolly.”
Head Francesca Heftman was delighted the Pelican had been able to hold an event that brought everyone together as a school community following a tough year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
She said: “It’s been lovely to have an event like this after so long and there was a really nice team spirit with one year group cheering on another.
“Everyone had fun trying to run as far as they could and we hope to raise as much money as possible for two terrific charities chosen by the children.”