Photo gallery: Charity runners on the royal estate at Sandringham to raise money for Little Owls

PUBLISHED: 16:40 16 September 2012

Sandringham Xk. Picture: Ian Burt

Sandringham Xk. Picture: Ian Burt

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King’s Lynn College of West Anglia tutor helps organise 10k to help East Rudham pre-school group

Runners of all ages and abilities took part in a charity event at Sandringham on Sunday to raise money for a pre-school group.

The Sandringham Xk run was organised by College of West Anglia tutor Alex Harrison and friend Paul Davis.

The pair said they had been inundated with participants for the inaugural event and have raised more than £2,000 for the Little Owls pre-school in East Rudham.

“We thought it might get 75 people - but there were 180 registered and we could have had double. I really wasn’t expecting that many to be interested, but the response has been brilliant,” said Mr Harrison.

“When we sat discussing this about a year ago, we thought if we got 50 people that would be something, but it has just grown,” said Mr Davis.

The response to this year’s run means the pair hope to repeat the event, but with more runners and stalls, next year.

Aside from the serious runners, there was also a short course for children - encouraged to wear fancy dress, so they could also help.

Several stalls were also pitched at the start line and all gave 10pc of their takings to the cause.

“We had to limit it this year, we just weren’t expecting such a response. We have had runners register from as far away as Huddersfield,” said Mr Harrison.

Little Owls is based at the village primary school, but receives no state funding and relies on charity for some of its income.

“I did a run in Cambridge last year and when it finished I was thinking it had raised money for a school, and I thought that was a really good idea - and here we are,” said Mr Harrison, whose wife Katie is treasurer for the nursery’s fund raisers.

“The Little Owls is a well-used nursery but money is always an issue. We were in there over the summer decorating, but the roof needs repairing and there is always something to spend money on,” he added.

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