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.