Rain fails to dampen charity run in aid of cancer-hit kids

Brandon Moon with runners at the start line
Brandon Moon with runners at the start line

Community spirit shone through in the rain at Awsworth Primary School’s third annual 5K charity fun run which is expected to raise in excess of £2,500 for the Clic Sargent children’s cancer charity.

More than 450 runners registered for the event, which was co-ordinated by senior teacher Ian Baxter in collaboration with Awsworth Primary’s head teacher, Jane Mainprize, and supportive colleagues.

Taking pride of place by winning the 5k race was elite runner Nick Watson from Nuthall, whose wife Claire is a teacher at the school. Running Nick close in a rain swept finish was Bret Wilks from Giltbrook, while the third place spot went to Tom Bestwick Stevenson who lives in Kimberley.

Among the top finishing junior runners were 12-year-old Alfie Winch, Megan Clarke and Emily Deeming.

Rain failed to dampen the spirits of those taking part including Awsworth Primary pupil Brendon Moon, nine, who was diagnosed with leukaemia four years ago but has made a remarkable recovery from the illness.

“Brandon is our inspiration,” said Mr Baxter.

“It was because of him and his brave journey to recovery that we chose to support Clic Sargent as the charity to benefit from our efforts.”

Local Councillor Bryan Maloney heaped praise upon everyone involved in the sporting initiative.

“The turnout for the 5k fun run is a testament to a brilliant school and a wonderful community which makes Awsworth a special place to live in.”

Jane Mainprize was equally generous in her praise, declaring: “Teamwork, togetherness and positivity have been key ingredients of an event that people have really taken to their hearts.

“I would like to thank everyone who has played a part in helping to make the fun run a huge success.”