Wednesday, 22 September 2021

New festive fun run for children gets off to a flying start

New festive fun run for children gets off to a flying start

ALMOST 70 children took part in a Christmas-themed fun run on Woodcote village green.

The inaugural Jingle Jog was organised by Woodcote Primary School’s parent-teacher association and raised £500.

The run was open to children aged three to 11 who had to complete laps of a course while wearing festive fancy dress. The under-sevens ran a mile and the older children two.

The children’s costumes included Father Christmas, elves, reindeer and princesses while some wore colourful jumpers and Santa hats.

Pippa Bodeker, the school’s head of PE, led a warm-up session before starting the race.

The winning junior was Joshua Sudbury, seven, while the winning senior was 10-year-old William Gordon. Everyone who took part received a medal.

Parents acted as marshals and served refreshments including bacon and egg rolls, cakes and hot drinks to spectators.

Children ran market stalls selling dog treats, sweets and home-made gingerbread men. Organiser Carla van Heerden said: “It was a great morning with lots of happy families and happy runners.

“There was a great community feeling and we’ve had nothing but positive feedback.

“It even attracted people who don’t live in Woodcote but wanted to watch their grandchildren taking part.

“We’ve been asked to hold it again next year and we’re very keen to do that.”

Another £2,000 was raised at the school’s Christmas fair held the previous evening where parents, pupils and local businesses had stalls selling a variety of festive produce.

The money will go towards a new outdoor learning area and school trips.

The association is now considering an Easter-themed fun run, which would also take place on the green.

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