Pink shirts flooded the fields of St Theresa’s school yesterday as over 2200 brightly dressed Leeds primary school children ran in memory of the late school teacher Ann Maguire.
A Catholic Primary school, in Crossgates, played host to excited children from 32 schools in Leeds as they took on the one mile run.
The day was designed to not only get youngsters more active but also to raise money following the two year anniversary of Ann Maguire’s death.
The Go Run for Fun event went ahead for a second consecutive year after successfully raising £10,000 for the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund and other charities in 2015.
Teacher Mrs Maguire, 61, tragically lost her life after being stabbed by a student at Corpus Christi Catholic College in April 2014.
St Theresa’s Catholic Primary school head teacher John Hutchinson celebrated the day.
He said: “The atmosphere was electric. Once all the runners were set on their way there was a sea of pink T-shirts across the whole field which was a wonderful sight to see. The looks on the faces of the children taking part was a joy to behold and made all the organisation and hard work worth it!”
Hutchinson proceeded to highlight the aim of trying to promote physical activity among children.
He said: “We are all committed to the ethos of a healthy body = a healthy mind!”
He added: “The young people were shepherded into a starting line up where they were set off on the run in stages… just like a real marathon!”
The children were able to keep their pink Go Run for Fun shirt which was sponsored by New Balance and INEOS.
The St Theresa’s head teacher also described another similar day for the children to look forward to.
He said: “Around 200 young people from Leeds will be going to a National Go Run For Fun event at the Olympic Park in London in July 2016 which will be another amazing experience for all who take part.”