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HUN­DREDS of run­ners took party in an an­nual fun run in Ger­rards Cross, rais­ing money for schools and com­mu­ni­ties in Africa.

While the true fig­ure will not be known un­til af­ter the Ad­ver­tiser goes to press, or­gan­is­ers believe that just un­der £2,000 was raised on Sun­day at the School Aid Fun Run, which took place at Bul­strode Park.

Hedger­ley-based char­ity School Aid, which re­cy­cles book and ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als to send to schools and com­mu­ni­ties in Africa, or­gan­ised the fourth run to raise aware­ness of the plight of African school­child­ren, some of whom have no equip­ment and have to walk miles to school each day.

The char­ity or­gan­ised a 5km run and 2km shorter run for fam­i­lies, chil­dren and dogs and, for the first time ever, there was also a schools com­pe­ti­tion prior to the main event, in which the Ger­rards Cross Church of Eng­land School and or­gan­is­ers Gay­hurst School com­peted.

There were two 1km races for years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6.

(Above) Lit­tle run­ners pre­pare for the 2k race; (be­low left) Gay­hurst pupils Izzie, Jo­ce­lyn and Elis­a­beth show off their medals; (be­low right) 2k run­ners Gay­hurst School year 4 pupils ready to go

(Above) Year 4 run­ner Alice Moss fin­ishes; (right, top) Ger­rards Cross CofE year 4 run­ners; one of the par­tic­i­pants cools down

2k and 5k par­tic­i­pants

Izzy and Alice Moss with their medals

(Above) Year 5 pupils bat­tles for the fin­ish­ing life

PHOTOS: GRA­HAME LARTER BE171181

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