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Father Christmas galore: Harpenden primary raise £2,000 though Santa run and Christmas Fair

PUBLISHED: 12:43 12 December 2018

An example of a stall at the Sauncey Wood Primary School Christmas Fair. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary

An example of a stall at the Sauncey Wood Primary School Christmas Fair. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary

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Santas in all shapes and sizes raced around a Harpenden primary field this festive season.

Eighty three santas raced around the Daily Mile track at Sauncey Wood Primary School Santa Run this Christmas. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood PrimaryEighty three santas raced around the Daily Mile track at Sauncey Wood Primary School Santa Run this Christmas. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary

Everyone was invited to dress up as Father Christmas and run five times around Sauncey Wood Primary School’s Daily Mile track as part of its Christmas Fair and Santa Run on December 8.

More than 80 people joined the mile-long festive race and all participants received a Sauncey Wood engraved medal.

A local personal trainer lead the Santa Run warm up.

There were also a number of stalls from Harpenden businesses hawking goods, including some run by pupils of the school offering presents the children had made.

There are lots of stalls at the Sauncey Wood Primary Christmas Fair. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood PrimaryThere are lots of stalls at the Sauncey Wood Primary Christmas Fair. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary

Year 2 created snow globes and Year 6 crafted memory boxes filled with their favourite things, which were popular buys for parents.

The whole event raised £2,000, which the school plan to invest in promoting a healthy lifestyle by buying outside gym equipment.

Headteacher Steve Lloyd said: “It was really positive and the fact that the children got involved in making lots of things for the stalls develops the community point of view.

“For us, it’s all about community - we want to raise awareness of Sauncey Wood Primary as a community school and we do as much as we can to engage not just local families but also families from further afield.

There are lots of stalls at the Sauncey Wood Primary Christmas Fair. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood PrimaryThere are lots of stalls at the Sauncey Wood Primary Christmas Fair. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary

“The school is not just for education but to bring the community together.”

Harpenden mayor Cllr David Heritage attended the event, which took place from 3pm to 6pm on December 8 and is the first one of its kind since 2016.

Sauncey Wood installed the Daily Mile track in February this year, encouraging pupils to stay active by jogging a mile every day.

£15,000 for the track was funded by a donation from the Friends of Sauncey Wood along with contributions from the school.

The Santa Run kicked off the Sauncey Wood Primary School Christmas Fair. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood PrimaryThe Santa Run kicked off the Sauncey Wood Primary School Christmas Fair. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary

The children run in their uniforms and at their own pace. Teachers take students’ ages into account, with younger years only completing one lap of the track.

There are now more than 3,100 schools around the world participating in the Daily Mile, including more than 750 in England.

Find out more about the initiative at www.thedailymile.co.uk/

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