Around 2,000 bright-eyed children have completed a charity fun run in a poignant tribute to the late Ann Maguire.
The second annual Ann Maguire Memorial Fun Run, organised by Leeds Catholic primary school headteachers, saw youngsters from 32 schools tackle a 2km course just days after the two-year anniversary of her tragic death.
Children dressed in pink GO Run for Fun T-shirts enjoyed a dance warm up on the playing fields behind St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School, in Seacroft, before being unleashed on a zigzag route.
Last year the event raised £10,000 for charities including the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund set up in the teacher’s memory, and it is hoped to aid local causes again in 2016.
Peter McQuillen Strong, event organiser and Holy Family Catholic Primary School headteacher, said: “As a group of Leeds Catholic headteachers we wanted something that remembered Ann and that’s why we did it.
“They [pupils] will remember a nice lady and a good teacher – there are people taught by her here from Corpus Christi and there are even parents taught by her here.
“It just seemed fitting as a way in which we could remember her together.”
Mrs Maguire, 61, died after being stabbed by pupil Will Cornick during a Spanish lesson at Corpus Christi Catholic College in April 2014. Cornick was locked up for her murder.
The Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund has so far generated more than £240,000 for 11 to 18-year-olds, who have a talent in the arts and would struggle to pursue their passions without financial support. Visit leedscf.org.uk/ann-maguire-arts-education-fund.
Mr McQuillen Strong added: “The whole idea was to get a mass participation event that any child could take part in – there are no winners or losers.”
GO Run for Fun is a global series of charity events for children backed by manufacturing firm INEOS. For details visit gorunforfun.com.