Leeds schoolchildren go on the run to raise cash for new library

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Youngsters at an east Leeds primary school were on the right page with their running as they raised money for a new library.

Pupils from Barwick-in-Elmet Church of England Primary grabbed first place in their section of the Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Run, which saw hundreds of children aged three to 14 racing around Clarence Dock.

And they have now been presented with their prize of a Toshiba touchscreen tablet by Arena Group with assistance from the firm’s Arena Owl mascot.

The children competed in the race as part of a wider initiative called Run To Read that raised £2,250 towards the cost of providing a new key stage one library at the school.

Sue Sanderson, the school’s headteacher, said: “The Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Run was great fun and a really enjoyable part of Run To Read.

“We are grateful to everyone who supported Run To Read and helped us to raise such a fantastic amount.”

Abbey Grange Academy won the secondary school section at the Arena run.

Mick Harrison, Arena Group’s service manager, said: “Congratulations to the winning schools and to all the youngsters who entered the mini and junior run.

“We are delighted to sponsor an event which encourages children to be more active and provides them with an opportunity to support some excellent local causes.”

The Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Run and its sister event, the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K, are organised by Run For All and form part of the lasting legacy of the late Leeds fundraiser Jane Tomlinson.

Staff and parents from Barwick-in-Elmet C of E hit the streets in the Leeds 10K to do their bit for the Run To Read fundraising.