Royal Marines train youngsters

Old Newton CEVC Primary School  primary school children and parents doing sponsored walk to raise money for school
Old Newton CEVC Primary School primary school children and parents doing sponsored walk to raise money for school
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THERE’S not likely to have been a fitter group of youngsters than those who stepped out for a sponsored walk around their school field on Thursday,

For more than 50 pupils and parents of Old Newton Primary School, aged from four to eight-years-old, were put through their paces with warm-up exercises carried out by two members of the Royal Marines.

And they really enjoyed the ‘stand up, sit down-type’ regime before proving what stamina they really had. It had been calculated that eight laps of the field equally a mile and some managed to walk as far as five miles.

Acting headteacher Sharon Waldron said: “They really loved the military-style warm-up. They didn’t give up, from the largest to the smallest.”

The Royal Marines were ‘acquired’ by parent Clare Taylor who had bid a large sum for their services at a recent local fund-raising event for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

A medal was presented to each child taking part in the event, which will help to raise funds for a new cargo net for the school climbing frame. Also joining in were Gippy and Ally, the bear mascots of the Gipping Valley and Thurston School Sports Partnership.