Pupils and teachers line up to compete in annual event and help to raise a total of £6,000 for two good causes

Hemel Hempstead School Fun Run
Hemel Hempstead School Fun Run

A school fun run involving around 600 children and their teachers will raise around £6,000 for two charities.

Hemel Hempstead School hosted its annual fun run on Friday to bring in cash for the Hospice of St Francis and Team Macy – a group set up in memory of Baby Macy from Leverstock Green to raise cash for the specialist heart and lung centre at Chelsea’s Royal Brompton Hospital where she was treated.

Her mum Helen Cruickshanks and other fundraisers from the team met with students and teachers during the 10k event. Head of PE Eleanor Bevan said: “We wanted to support local charities this year and there are members of the department who have been affected in one way or another by both of these charities.”

The first runner to finish was teacher Simon Hooker with a time of 34mins 3secs. The first female across the line was teacher Marie Turnham in 38:50.

The first student to make it home was Year 10’s Sam Clark, who was third overall with a time of 35:38. The first girl across the finish line was Year 8’s Grace Birdseye, who completed the course in 42:36 and ranked 18th overall.

Miss Bevan said: “It was a fantastic day. The atmosphere and the way in which the students ran and conducted themselves was amazing.

“It was very, very positive and thoroughly enjoyed by everybody that was running and marshalling.”

The funds raised will be split between the two charities and the PE department.