More than 1,000 teenagers descended upon the Norfolk Showground today to take part in the Climate Run.

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A total of 25 schools from Norfolk and Suffolk took part in the event where students learned about jobs available to them in the energy and engineering sectors and completed a 5k race.

Students in years 9, 10 and 11 took part in the Climate Run to raise money for the Jericho Project, which helps disadvantaged children in Kenya.

The futures village saw 26 businesses including Petans, Gardline and Seajacks, exhibiting and holding demonstrations.

Madeleine Turner, who is in Year 10 at Notre Dame High School, said: “There was a really good vibe. It has been a really good incentive to do geography GCSE. I am not sure what I want to do when I am older but I am pleased I chosen geography because it can lead to so many different avenues.”

The climate run, which was held on the Holkham Estate last year, was organised by the Mason Trust, a Diss-based organisation which helps youngsters in education and employment.

Trustee, Sam Mason, said: “We think it has been very successful and we have had a lot of positive feedback.

“Some children brought their CVs and were asking for work experience.”

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb said: “I think it’s so important that we give information to youngsters about opportunities that are available to them in the engineering sectors in Norfolk and Suffolk. There are some fantastic jobs for youngsters.”

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