Pupils ran King’s Lynn Bespak GEAR race to win cash for their schools

Three West Norfolk schools have been presented with cheques from Bespak for the number of children that took part in the Mini Gear - From left, Beatrice Rocha (St Marthas), St Marthas Head Aiden McGovern, Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Bespak's Alan Paterson and Jack Bowling (Gayton Primary School). Picture: Matthew Usher. Three West Norfolk schools have been presented with cheques from Bespak for the number of children that took part in the Mini Gear - From left, Beatrice Rocha (St Marthas), St Marthas Head Aiden McGovern, Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Bespak's Alan Paterson and Jack Bowling (Gayton Primary School). Picture: Matthew Usher.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
4:02 PM

Pupils in West Norfolk helped their respective schools win cash for equipment, thanks to their efforts in the Bespak Mini Grand East Anglia Run.

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West Norfolk primary schools were offered 150 free places in the Mini GEAR fun run, to encourage youngsters to take up a healthy and active lifestyle. The places were allocated at 10 per school on a first come, first served basis.

Bespak also offered prizes to primary schools that had the most children participate on the day as a percentage of their school roll.

St Martha’s RC Primary School has won the first prize of £800 worth of educational equipment, with 65 children taking part on the day, representing 39.1pc of their school roll.

Gayton CE VE First School won the second prize of £500 worth of educational equipment with 32 children taking part on the day, representing 25.6pc of their roll. Harpley CE Primary School has scooped the third prize of £200 worth of educational equipment, with 10 pupils taking part, representing 18.1pc of their school roll.

Alan Paterson, industrialisation director at Bespak, said: “We are proud to be presenting these prizes today.

“The Mini GEAR fun run is a great way to get young people into running and helps encourage a healthy lifestyle. Those that took up the challenge this year also had to opportunity to help their schools with some additional equipment. We are absolutely delighted with the response we’ve had to this initiative.”

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk council’s cabinet member for culture, said: “This year’s entry for the Bespak Mini GEAR Fun Run was the biggest we have ever seen. We are delighted that so many young people want to get involved and are taking those important steps towards a healthy and active lifestyle. We are truly grateful for the support Bespak have given the event and we are really proud of the effort are schools have made to get involved. Well done to everyone.”

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