Stathern Duathlon raises £3,000 for primary school

Runners set off on the first of two 5km runs EMN-150317-180923002
Runners set off on the first of two 5km runs EMN-150317-180923002
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Runners and cyclists took to the Vale of Belvoir on Sunday for the fourth annual Stathern Duathlon.

Steadily growing each year, more than 140 competitors finished the course and helped to raise about £3,000 for Stathern Primary School.

Entrants limber up for thre fourth annual Stathern Duathlon EMN-150317-180934002

Entrants limber up for thre fourth annual Stathern Duathlon EMN-150317-180934002

Entrants had to complete two 5km runs from the village play park, next to the school, to Dove Cottage day hospice and back. They were sandwiched either side of an 18km cycle route through the Vale towards Belvoir Castle.

Matthew Hallam was men’s winner with a time of 1hr 6mins, while Betany Garner was the first woman home with a time of 1hr 23mins.

Teams were also invited to enter for the first time, and Team Waterworth took home the prize with a time of 1hr 30mins.

The event was a team effort, puled together by pupils, parents, governors and Friends of Stathern School.

The organisers thanked their sponsors Stathern Garage, The Red Lion Inn (Stathern), CDA, and Valley Heating and Plumbing, and particularly Cherry Underwood, James Wells and the organising team of parents.

Headteacher Troy Jenkinson was among those to toe the start line, completing the race for the second time.

He said: “I was particularly encouraged by a number of pupils who cheered me on and ran the last little bit along with me.

“The whole atmosphere was one of support and enjoyment. It made me very proud to be representing Stathern Primary School.”

* Stathern Primary are holding a Sports Kit Day on Friday, March 27, in connection with Dove Cottage’s non-uniform day fundraiser.

The school will also hold a Race for Life for staff and children, from Reception to Year 6, on the day to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Awareness charity.