Race for Life 2018

The children and staff of Bibury and North Cerney Schools were busy in July when they organised and took part in their own versions of the famous “Race for Life” for Cancer Research UK.

On the morning of Thursday 12th July, children from BIbury ran laps of the cricket field, by kind permission of Bibury CC, before returning to school proudly wearing their Race for Life medals.

In the afternoon, North Cerney School began with an hour of games where they tried new sports including archery and Boccia which were a great success.  They then ran their Race for Life which, like Bibury School, followed the same pattern as the very popular adult events.  Many children ran for friends or relatives and had their names and pictures pinned to their backs, just as with the adult race.  Children and adults also paused for a short, silent period of reflection, during which they could remember someone special or think about the scientists and doctors trying to find a cure for cancer.

They were then challenged to run 6 – 8 laps of North Cerney’s undulating field, which they all did with amazing energy and determination, and were rewarded with a medal and drink at the end.

Both schools raised money for CRUK but for one North Cerney family the race had a particularly poignant significance.  Kay, Chloe & Sophie Townsend proudly ran for their aunt Berni Booth-Bendall who sadly died from cancer earlier in the school year at the tragically young age of 36.  The family supported the race with an incredibly generous donation of £500, bringing the total raised by North Cerney to a staggering £569.50.

Headteacher Suki Pascoe said, “Sadly very few families are not affected by cancer in some way and the Race for Life is a wonderful way for the children to support a very important charity, while at the same time encouraging them to be outside and active.  We are very grateful to the Townsend family for supporting the event so generously.”