SMURFS and clowns raced around the grounds of Pontefract’s King’s School on Friday to help raise cash for a cancer charity.
Students and staff at the Ackworth Road school were sponsored to run ten laps around the sports field in fancy dress.
The money raised will go towards funding extra-curricular activities at the school and pupils could also donate £1 to Breast Cancer Care and wear pink clothes to run the six-kilometre race.
Julie Craig, headteacher, said: “It’s days like this which bring a smile to everyone’s face. The students and staff pull together for such worthwhile causes.”
The annual event – organised by the school PE department – gave pupils the option of running around the field or joining in a sponsored read.
Elaine Houliston, student services team leader, said: “It went really well and I think we will raise more than £4,000 to fund our after school activities.
“Most of the children were eager to get out on to the field and run around, everyone did so well and there were a lot of good performances.”
Robert Wormhold, a year 11 student, was the first boy to finish in 26 minutes, while Jessica Beechill in year nine was the first girl to cross the finish line in 32 minutes.
Mrs Houliston said: “The whole school got involved with the event and it was great to see everyone so enthusiastic, it was just about doing as much as you could do on the day.”