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Taking on a 5k run to raise funds for school

Around 100 runners braved scorching temperatures on Saturday to take part in the Boxgrove 5k.


This was the second year for the Boxgrove Run which guided runners around the village’s Priory and ruins, the quarry woods, the Tinwood Vinyard and the local pub.


The run was launched last year by parents of pupils at Boxgrove C of E Primary School, which needs to raise £150,000 to build a much needed school hall as pupils do not have a space where they can get together for assembly, lunch, presentations and plays or PE when raining.


Organiser Mark Peters said: ” What a great atmosphere for this year’s Boxgrove 5k Trail Run and what a change in the weather! Initially the organisers were worried about the risks posed by slippy mud and puddles but this quickly turned into ensuring runners were adequately hydrated in the scorching Summer heat.


“The Boxgrove Run is organised by local volunteers to raise funds for local causes and this year saw over 100 participants taking part, young and old.


Everyone on Saturday had a great day, got a little bit fitter and helped raise vital funds for the school. There were also prizes for fastest Man, Woman, Boy, Girl, fastest Team of four and best Fancy Dress, this year won by Hazel Peters (nine), dressed as a Robot.


“Thanks to everyone for taking part. We raised in the region of £1,200 for the local school.


“And a big shout out to the paramedics who, luckily, didn’t have to do anything other than watch.”

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